CHICAGO — Alderman Ray Lopez announced Monday he is ending his mayoral campaign and will seek another City Council term.

In a statement posted to Twitter, the 15th Ward alderman said, “A crowded field only serves to benefit the mayor. Lightfoot must be defeated to save Chicago.”

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The alderman continued and said he intends to seek a third term as alderman of the 15th Ward.

Lopez announced he was running for mayor in April. He is a fierce critic of Mayor Lori Lightfoot and was the first person to enter the 2023 mayoral race.