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Rep. ‘Chuy’ Garcia backs candidates, mulls Chicago mayor run

While U.S. Rep. Jesus “Chuy” Garcia hasn’t determined if he’ll run for Chicago mayor once more this year, he plans to affect native politics by endorsing a slate of candidates for City Council.

In current years, Garcia has emerged as a significant energy dealer in Illinois politics, backing progressive candidates for the statehouse and Chicago City Council and twice being a key behind the scenes determine in battles over the state Democratic Party chairmanship.

On Wednesday, Garcia introduced he’ll assist labor advocate Ana Guajardo to succeed retiring tenth ward Ald. Susan Sadlowski Garza. Garcia additionally stated he’ll again Cook County Commissioner Alma Anaya’s chief of workers, Jeylu Gutierrez, in opposition to once-powerful, now-indicted 14th Ward Ald. Edward Burke.

In addition to supporting newcomers, Garcia reiterated his assist for longtime ally Ald. Mike Rodriguez, who holds Garcia’s former twenty second Ward seat.

Next year will deliver “a historic round of elections and a great opportunity to ensure that Chicagoans of all walks of life have a fresh opportunity to elect new, fresh, ethical energetic leadership to the Chicago City Council,” Garcia stated.

Garcia’s assist brings credibility to candidates however doesn’t assure victory.

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While Garcia has had quite a few successes as an endorser, he additionally has had noteworthy defeats, significantly within the 2019 cycle. That year, Garcia supported civil engineer Tanya Patino in her unsuccessful marketing campaign to defeat Burke on the Southwest Side. But he additionally backed group organizer Hilario Dominguez’s dropping effort to switch Ald. Danny Solis — who secretly wore a recording gadget whereas cooperating with the FBI within the instances in opposition to Burke and former Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan — within the Pilsen-centered twenty fifth Ward.

Asked how the 14th Ward race is perhaps completely different this time, Garcia famous the citizens has modified due to the brand new ward map drawn earlier this year, in addition to a higher consciousness of Burke’s federal legal expenses. Burke has not stated if he’ll run once more and has denied wrongdoing. He has represented the 14th Ward since 1969.

“The new configuration of the ward chips away at some of the areas of the ward that were lopsided pro-Trump and pro-Burke. So this is a new majority, I think, of electors that can decide the fate of the 14th Ward,” Garcia stated. “Chicago has elected numerous progressives, young progressives, to the Chicago City Council over the last two rounds, and this will not be an exception. This is about self-determination, empowerment, and ethical governance and hard-working individuals who are prepared to lead.”

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