By Associated Press - Monday, October 13, 2014

CHICAGO (AP) - The two Chicago politicians who would have faced off against Karen Lewis had she entered the mayoral race say they are wishing her a quick recovery.

The Chicago Teachers Union president announced Monday through a spokesman she won’t run for Chicago’s mayoral office. Lewis was seen as Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s most credible re-election challenger. She often tussled with the mayor during the 2012 public schools teachers’ strike.

In a statement, Emanuel said he respected and admired Lewis’ willingness to be part of the conversation about Chicago’s future. He said he looks forward to seeing her back on her feet.

Chicago Alderman Bob Fioretti announced his mayoral bid last month. He said he knows Lewis is resilient and “will be back advocating for educators, students and Chicagoans in no time.”

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