The infamous Democratic mayor of Chicago made a shocking announcement on Tuesday that his time in office will come to an end in the near future.
According to the Chicago Tribune, Rahm Emanuel, 58, will not seek a third term as mayor for the Feb. 2019 election. He will simply finish out his second term.
“I’ve decided not to seek re-election. This has been the job of a lifetime, but it is not a job for a lifetime,” Emanuel said.
The Tribune noted that Emanuel had already pulled in $10 million for his re-election bid and spent a lot of time talking about running again. The reversal on Tuesday was abrupt and unexpected.
His seven years in office have been tumultuous and have drawn criticism from both sides of the political aisle.
After seeing a steep decline since the 1990s, then holding fairly steady for a number of years, Chicago saw a record murder rate in 2016 and 2017. The murder rate went down a little in 2018, but by early July, the nation’s third largest city had already seen more than 1,400 shootings, according to an earlier Tribune story.
His administration has also been beset by police shooting controversies and criticism over record-level property taxes, among other things. A long list of challengers had already been stacking up to try to defeat him next year.