Rahm Emanuel's Removal May Pave the Way for First Latino Mayor of Chicago

Now that former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel is temporarily out of the race for the mayor of Chicago, there is an opening for the Latino candidates in the race. Emanuel, a heavy favorite for the positiion, was forced to suspend his race when an Illinois Appeals Court ruled that his name can't be on the ballot due to residency issues. The Associated Press reported that a lawyer for Emanuel will appeal the ruling.

The decision to prevent Emanuel from running means that the two viable Latino hopefuls—Gery Chico and Miguel del Valle—have a much stronger chance of making a mark now.

"It looked like money was going to decide this election," City Clerk Miguel del Valle said. "The voters now have a rare opportunity to shape this city's future."

A spokeswoman for Gery Chico, a former chief of staff to Mayor Daley, said in a statement that the Rahm decision would not affect his campaign. "Today's news is a surprise but it will not impact how we run our campaign," said Brooke Anderson. "Gery will continue to work for every vote and lay out his plans to take Chicago in a whole new direction."

Latinos make up 15 percent of Chicago's 1.5 million registered voters and a Chicago Tribune/WGN poll found that Emanuel was the most popular candidate among Hispanics in the city in December. Twenty-seven percent of Latinos supported Emanuel, while only 14 and 12 percent supported del Valle and Chico, respectively.

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