Valerie Jarrett not running for mayor; Toni Preckwinkle considering

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Former presidential aide Valerie Jarrett says she will not join the political scrum developing to replace Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

Jarrett, who served as a special aide to Barack Obama, says she is "humbled and honored" to see herself named as a potential candidate for mayor. However, she said she is not going to run.

A dozen candidates were running to lead the nation's third-largest city even before Emanuel's surprise announcement Tuesday. By Wednesday the list of people said to be weighing bids seemed to multiply by the hour.

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle is allegedly considering running. Sources told ABC7 Eyewitness News that she's forming an exploratory committee after hearing that Emanuel would not seek a third term.

Among the most high-profile names being discussed were former Education Secretary Arne Duncan and Bill Daley, who succeeded Emanuel as Obama's White House chief of staff. None of them were commenting publicly.

Jarrett said she will endorse and actively support a candidate for mayor with a proven track record of effective leadership.

WLS-TV contributed to this reporting.
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