Tom Tunney, Chicago's first openly gay alderman, is considering a run for the mayor's office.

Tunney is among the Chicago-area politicians being considered for the job after Mayor Richard Daley announced Tuesday he won't seek a seventh term next year.

Daley appointed Tunney to the Chicago City Council in 2002. The Chicago native was elected to his post the following year. He represents the voters of the city's 44th Ward, which includes portions of Chicago's largest gay neighborhood, Boystown.

“I'm not a candidate at this point,” Tunney told Chicago daily the Chicago Tribune. “I think we really need time to absorb the impact of the mayor's statement today, and the fact that he has been a terrific mayor.”

The 55-year-old Tunney turned a sagging Ann Sather restaurant in the city's Lakeview neighborhood into a thriving four location chain. He purchased the original restaurant at the age of 23. He's also a dedicated fundraiser for local and regional gay rights groups.

In 1995, Tunney was inducted into the Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame.

Another notable being discussed as a possible candidate is White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel.