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Chicago Lawyer Says Rahm Not Eligible to Run for Mayor

ABC is reporting that White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel could announce as early as Friday that he’s leaving the administration to run for mayor of

Mitchel Nash
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Last updated: Jul 31, 2020 | Sep 30, 2010

ABC is reporting that White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel could announce as early as Friday that he’s leaving the administration to run for mayor of Chicago, but its local Chicago affiliate is casting some doubt on whether he’s legally eligible:

At least one attorney believes a law could prevent Emanuel from being a candidate. Emanuel still owns a house in the city, but that’s not enough according to Burt Odelson, who has spent 38 years practicing election law.

Odelson says an 1871 state law requires candidates to live in their jurisdiction for one year before the election.

It seems unlikely that Rahm — who’s not shy about his ambitions to become mayor — hasn’t done his due diligence in this respect and that his house in Chicago isn’t sufficient to qualify him for residency. But Odelson’s 38 years practicing election law outnumber mine and Rahm’s combined, so I’ll reserve judgment for now.

Mitchel Nash | Mitchel works for a high-tech telecommunication firm as a software engineer with vast experience and management skills. The company creates and provides technologies that help service providers provide high-quality voice and data services over broadband access networks while maximizing their network infrastructure investment. He is in charge of the production of the company's management software products as a senior software engineer. Mitchel has a B.Sc. in Computer Sciences from Tel-Aviv Jaffa Academic College.

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