Officials with the Democratic National Committee say President Barack Obama has voted absentee for Mayor Rahm Emanuel in Chicago's mayoral runoff election.

The committee released a photo Monday morning of Obama filling out his ballot.

Obama says in a statement that "I'm sure everyone knows I'll be voting for Rahm." But the president adds, "regardless of which candidate you are supporting, please join me in casting a ballot."

Obama says the election will shape the future "of the city we love." He says the main issues are jobs, schools and safety.

Emanuel faces a challenge in the April 7 election from Cook County Commissioner Jesus Garcia.