CHICAGO — Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says he won't seek a third term in 2019. Emanuel issued a statement Tuesday saying being mayor "has been the job of a lifetime but it's not a job for a lifetime." Emanuel had already raised more than $10 million for another run for a four-year term, The Chicago Tribune reports.
Emanuel, 58, was a Democratic congressman and chief of staff to former President Barack Obama before becoming mayor in 2011. He followed Richard M. Daley, who was mayor for more than 20 years. His won a second term in a 2015 runoff.
In a statement, Mr. Obama called Emanuel a "tireless and brilliant" public servant. "With record job growth and record employment over his terms in office, Chicago is better and stronger for his leadership, and I was a better President for his wise counsel at a particularly perilous time for our country."
Emanuel's surprise announcement comes the day before the start of one of the biggest police-shooting trials in the history of Chicago — the murder trial of police officer. The release of a dashcam video two years ago of the white officer shooting black teenager 16 times in 2014 drew the sharpest criticism of Emanuel in his two terms as mayor.
Many questioned whether his office delayed releasing the video to lessen political damage on Emanuel. The trial is expected to bring added scrutiny of how the city, and Emanuel, dealt with the case.