Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announces Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018, he will not seek a third term in office at a press conference on the 5th floor at City Hall in Chicago. (Stacey Wescott/Chicago Tribune via AP)

Chicago's next mayor will be leading a deeply divided city

September 05, 2018 - 9:36 pm

CHICAGO (AP) — The question for voters now that Mayor Rahm Emanuel is not seeking re-election is: Who, if anyone, can repair Chicago?

The city is deeply divided by race and class. It's a decadeslong problem that critics say only grew more pronounced during Emanuel's two terms in office.

A dozen candidates were running to lead the city before Emanuel's surprise announcement Tuesday. By Wednesday the list of people said to be weighing bids seemed to be multiplying by the minute.

Among the most high-profile names being discussed were former Education Secretary Arne Duncan and longtime Barack Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett.

Those running — or contemplating it — as well as activists and community leaders said the next mayor must focus on uniting Chicago, which is one of the nation's most segregated cities.