‘I’m not going to change the name’: Bill Daley officially running for mayor

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CHICAGO -- The son and brother of two former mayors of Chicago is now officially running for the same office: Bill Daley announced his candidacy for mayor Monday.

He stopped by WGN Morning News and addressed what critics may say about the Daley name and how he can bring change to Chicago.

"I don't think a name is the indicator. I think people will get to know me as 'Bill Daley,' and what I'm proposing to try to help change some of the situations in our neighborhoods. That's what it's about," he said. "Some people like the name -- I'm not going to change the name -- some people like it, some people don't, but I hope over time, and I think the people of Chicago are very fair, they will decide whether Bill Daley is able to lead this city, and bring something different that will help them and help their communities."

There are now more than a dozen candidates vying for the city’s top job. The 70-year-old lawyer and former banker also served as Secretary of Commerce under President Bill Clinton, and as President Barack Obama's Chief of Staff.

This won't be Bill Daley's first run for public office. In 2013, he entered the race for governor but dropped out after four months.

On Monday other top-tier contenders weighed in on Daley’s candidacy.

Former Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy issued a statement saying: “I believe Chicago must look to the future at this critical hour, not at the past.”

Lori Lightfoot, a former federal prosecutor and former president of the Chicago Police Board said she’s been campaigning for five months and a new candidate won’t change her strategy.

“No matter who gets into the race, the needs of Chicagoans are going to be the same, and we are still going to put forward a positive vision for the city’s future?”

Paul Vallas, an alum of Richard M. Daley’s administration as the former CEO of Chicago Public Schools said voters will respond to his detailed solutions.

“I’m going to win this election on the issues because I’m offering specific detailed proposals,” Vallas said.

Amidst the ever-changing list of candidates there are interesting rumblings of potential contenders.

Congressman Luis Gutierrez is circulating petitions on behalf of Jesus “Chuy” Garcia, who took Mayor Rahm Emanuel to a run-off in the last election.

Cook County Board Chairman Tioni Preckwinkle, who was coy when asked about running for mayor last week, now appears ready to jump into the race.

The Chicago Tribune reports that sources close to Preckwinkle say she plans to announce her candidacy on Thursday.

Amidst all the speculation about the campaign and contenders, the newest official candidate is making a pitch to be the city’s third Mayor Daley.

“I think I can give something back, I’ve spent a lot of time in government, most of my time in the private sector, and I think both of those skills may help the city at a critical time,” Daley said.

There is also word that Mayor Richard M. Daley’s former chief of staff, Gary Chico, is going to be collecting signatures starting Tuesday.

The election is in February of next year.

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