Chance the Rapper has been doing a lot for his hometown. The Chicago native, and one of this year’s ESSENCE Fest performers, has gotten involved in local politics, fighting gun violence and pledging to donate $1,000,000 to Chicago schools. He’s was also a frequent visitor to the White House during Obama’s presidency and even joined the White House’s My Brother’s Keeper Challenge. Now, fans are hopng that Chance takes his activism to the mayor’s office.
Fans have created a campaign to convince the “No Problem” rapper to run for mayor of Chicago in 2019. The campaign, which fans have named Chano4Mayor2k19, already has a website and Twitter account.
Addressing Chance, the website reads, “We think you’d be a great mayor. We love your music—we’ve been following your career from the first 10 days. We also love the work you’ve done to give back to the city that raised you. You represent Chicago on the world stage, and you do us proud.”
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Chicago’s current mayor, Rahm Emanuel, has been in office since 2011 and will be up for re-election in 2019. However, the fans behind the campaign write, “We need a new mayor. Rahm Emanuel has been in office since 2011. In that time we’ve seen the closure of 50 public schools, the largest in history. The city shut down 6 of its 12 mental health clinics. The Department of Justice found a pattern of civil rights violations by the Chicago Police Department, including but not limited to the murder of Laquan McDonald. It’s time for change.”
It seems, for his fans, Chance is just the person to turn things around.
The site goes on to list Chance’s many accomplishments and adds, “We know you don’t think of yourself as a politician, and we respect that. But this election is an opportunity for Chicago that we don’t want to miss. You’d send a message that Chicago is ready for a new generation of leadership.”