Greek American Paul Vallas, former Chicago Public Schools CEO, officially filed to run for mayor on Monday, creating a campaign committee to unseat the incumbent Rahm Emanuel.
The former CPS chief announced his campaign on Wednesday, posting on Twitter: “I am in it to win.”
— Paul G. Vallas (@Paulvallas) March 28, 2018
Vallas headed Chicago schools from 1995 to 2001 and has served as superintendent for multiple other school districts in New Orleans; Bridgeport, Conn.; and Philadelphia.
In 2001, the New York Times credited him for leading the turnaround of Chicago’s troubled school system that became a national template for urban school reform.
The Chicago-born offspring of working-class Greek immigrants also ran for Illinois governor in 2002, losing in the Democratic primary to now-disgraced former Gov. Rod Blagojevich.
Vallas later ran for lieutenant governor with Pat Quinn and lost in 2014.
In February, his youngest son Mark died at a substance abuse facility, and Vallas has not spoken of the incident publicly since.