As widely expected, former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel threw his hat into the race to replace Richard Daley as mayor of Chicago Saturday.
Emanuel, who stepped down as President Obama's chief of staff in October, formally announced his intentions in the packed gymnasium at Coonley Elementary School in Chicago, according to the Chicago Tribune.
"The choices we make in the next few years will define Chicago for future generations," Emanuel said to estimated crowd of 250 supporters. "They will determine whether we remain a world class city, or fall back."
According to the Chicago Sun-Times, Emanuel will attempt to emerge from a crowded field of contenders that includes U.S. Rep. Danny Davis and former U.S. Sen. Carol Moseley Braun.
The candidates are vying to replace Daley, the mayor of Chicago since 1989, who announced in September that he would not be seeking re-election.