Che “Rhymefest” Smith officially announced his campaign to run for Alderman of Chicago’s 22nd Ward this morning, reports the Chicago Sun-Times

The 33-year-old Windy City MC hopes to represent the people of South Side neighborhood in the city council. If elected, he said he hopes to help bring economic development to his hometown.

Rhymefest is confident that his background as a rapper is an asset in his campaign for office. “We can use hip-hop to engage our youth and the community,’ he said during a speech. “[Hip-hop is] often portrayed as a weapon. It’s not. It’s a tool.’’

’Fest will be facing off against current Alderman Willie Cochran. Elections will be held on Tuesday, November 2. —Elan Mancini