CHICAGO (AP) - Former U.S. Sen. Roland Burris says he isn't
running for Chicago mayor, despite a petition by friends to draft
The Democrat issued a statement Friday saying he isn't
interested in the mayor's job. He thanked his supporters and said
he looked forward to a "spirited" contest.
Burris was appointed by former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich to
fill the Senate seat vacated when Barack Obama was elected
More than a dozen people are vying to replace retiring Mayor
Richard Daley, including former U.S. Sen. Carol Moseley Braun, City
Clerk Miguel del Valle and former school board president Gery
Former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel is also hoping to
run, although he and other candidates face petition challenges to
keep them off the Feb. 22 ballot.
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