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DePaul freshman strives to be Chicago's next mayor

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Charles "CJ" Elliott Jr. (Right) Charles "CJ" Elliott Jr. (Right)
CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

Green socks with red pin stripes?

He's a lefty with a sense of style, but that's not what brought FOX 32 News to Charles "CJ" Elliott Jr's DePaul University dorm room.

"I'm going to run as an Independent, but I'd say my views are more conservative than liberal," said Elliott in his first television interview with FOX 32's Tisha Lewis.

At first glance he looks like your typical college freshmen, but at 19-years-old, Elliott has bigger plans this semester.

"Yes, Mayor of Chicago. Many people think it's a little too high for me, but you've got to start somewhere," said Elliott who launched his campaign online.

"Yes. Twitter and Facebook, and I just launched my website actually a few days ago," said Elliott. is now live, and the layout? Familiar.

Visitors are greeted with a famous Bill Cosby quote, and Elliott's plan to fix Chicago:

"I didn't realize that the murder rate was so high in 2012. I don't think that's acceptable, so I'm here to fix that… Pension reform is the biggest problem because that's where the budget shortfall is right now, and I believe if you reform that you can help increase the police force in the city on the South side and West side where it's needed most," said Elliott.

And there's more.

"I think if you can reform education you can get kids off the street and in the classroom, because right now he (Emanuel) closed 40 elementary schools which I don't think helps the city," said Elliott.

Bold statements from the Detroit native who just moved here over the summer to attend college - now preparing to run against Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

"He has no competition right now because many are afraid of his two million dollar war chest he has for his campaign, but I believe I can win off of hard work and my values," said Elliott.

"He's compassionate, he's motivated and driven," said Gerard Smith.

Elliott's first endorsement?

Fellow Detroit native and Communications major Gerard Smith - his suitemate at DePaul.

"At that age, I don't know if he'll be taken seriously, but if he's intelligent and putting forth good policies, I don't know why he shouldn't," said Nick Gianou, a Chicagoan.

But is it too early to talk about 2015?

"I'm not thinking about it," said Gianou.

But Elliott is.

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