Wilfredo De Jesus, the anti-gay Pentecostal mega-church leader, is expected to announced his bid to run Chicago on Thursday, WBEZ blog reported.

Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley's surprise announcement last month that he won't campaign for a seventh term created a gold rush as politicians, including Rahm Emanuel, the former White House chief of staff, began lining up to fill the vacancy.

De Jesus, the senior pastor of New Life Covenant Church in Humboldt Park, created a stir last year when a member of his parish, Billy Ocasio, pushed for De Jesus to be his City Council replacement.

Gay activists opposed the move because De Jesus had previously spearheaded an effort to derail a planned Chicago high school for gay students.

De Jesus said he objected to the school because he felt it was “a form of segregation.” He's also been linked to the Assemblies of God, a stridently anti-gay fellowship, and opposes efforts to legalize gay marriage in Illinois.

Mayor Daley yielded to the gay community and rejected Ocasio's recommendation.

Tom Tunney, Chicago's first openly gay alderman and a Chicago Gay & Lesbian Hall of Fame inductee, is reportedly also considering entering the race for the mayor's office.