Businessman Willie Wilson will endorse Jesus “Chuy” Garcia for mayor in the upcoming runoff election, Garcia’s campaign confirmed Wednesday.
The news comes after the former mayoral challenger met several times with both Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Garcia.
Wilson had said last week he planned to endorse the candidate his supporters choose in the next 10 days, even if they choose Emanuel.
"The people who have the real decision for me are the people who voted for me," Wilson said.
Wilson's endorsement may provide a domino effect in gathering the African-American vote considered key to winning the April runoff.
Mayor Emanuel's camp responded by thanking Wilson for "bringing an important perspective" to the discussion during the election.
"However, we can only hope that Chuy Garcia shared his plans for the City of Chicago with Dr. Wilson in private because thus far he has refused to disclose publicly to the voters how he intends to fund the hundreds of millions of dollars in spending promises he has made during this campaign," Emanuel's spokesperson said in a statement.