CHICAGO — Ald. Raymond Lopez has officially announced he is running for mayor of Chicago.

The 15th Ward alderman made the announcement on Wednesday saying, “Chicago: I’m in!” on Twitter.

“I love my city and, like most Chicagoans, I am sick and tired of watching Chicago flounder at the hands of a rudderless ship,” Lopez said in a press release. “The time is now to provide our great city with the compassion and leadership it deserves. I’m in, and I hope Chicago will join me.”

The alderman is a fierce critic of Mayor Lori Lightfoot and he’s the first person to enter the 2023 mayoral race. Lightfoot has not said whether she’s going to seek re-election. 

“As mayor my core principles will be simple: focus on safety, rebuilding our economy and supporting our first responders and city employees who serve the taxpayers of the city of Chicago,” Lopez said.

Lopez said he would try to attract more police recruits to Chicago with any tools necessary.

“We must stop the exodus within our departments, especially the police departments, giving all police, fire and indeed all city employees a reward for their good dedicated service to our great city,” Lopez said.

The news comes just a few days before businessman Willie Wilson is scheduled to announce his 2023 plans.