United States, an appeals court ruled Monday that the former chief of staff to President Barack Obama, Rahm Emanuel, can not be a candidate for mayor of Chicago.
It is the appellate court of Cook County, Ill., who made this decision today. Two judges have considered a cons for the option to invalidate the candidacy of Emanuel, who had yet obtained the right to stand in late December, as confirmed by the Chicago Board of Elections.
Those who challenge the candidacy of Rahm Emanuel argued it does not meet certain criteria regarding place of residence. They argue he did not reside in Chicago during the year preceding the election, which conflicts with the election laws in force in this election. Emanuel spent most of the last two years in Washington.
The decision was referred to a higher court by the legal team of Emanuel. He believes that there are no doubts that he will be allowed to be a candidate.
The ballot and shall elect the successor of Richard Daley will be held on February 22. Recent polls show that Emanuel enjoys a comfortable lead over his rivals in the polls.
Rahm Emanuel, 51, was appointed chief of staff of the White House during the inauguration of President Barack Obama in January 2009. He left that post in early October to try to get elected mayor of Chicago.