Gutierrez will not enter Chicago mayoral race

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Congressman Luis Gutierrez says he won’t run for Chicago mayor.

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CHICAGO (AP) — Congressman Luis Gutierrez says he won’t run for Chicago mayor.

Gutierrez says his time would be better served working for immigration reform in Congress.

He made the announcement Thursday at the University of Illinois in Chicago.

The Chicago Democrat’s name had been circulated as a possible contender to replace Mayor Richard Daley, who says he won’t seek a seventh term.

So far, the list of mayoral candidates includes former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel, Chicago City Clerk Miguel Del Valle, State Sen. Rickey Hendon and former Chicago School Board President Gery Chico.

Gutierrez is a leader in the fight for federal immigration reform. He wrote legislation, is a vocal supporter of the DREAM Act and has been arrested for civil disobedience at the White House over opposition to Arizona’s controversial immigration law.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.

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