Greek American Paul Vallas to Run for Chicago Mayor

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.”

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.

In his official filing, Vallas named his brother Dean Vallas as treasurer of his campaign, and Marilyn Johnson as chair.