U.S. Rep. Jesus “Chuy” Garcia took two key steps towards saying a marketing campaign for Chicago mayor this week, amending his marketing campaign committee to help a City Hall run and submitting an financial disclosure assertion as he continues weighing a problem to Mayor Lori Lightfoot.
The strikes come after Garcia carried out a ballot that exhibits him beating Lightfoot, whose candidacy he supported in 2019.
If Garcia will get into the race, his excessive identify recognition and lengthy document as a progressive might create important hurdles for different candidates, but it surely’s not clear whether or not all of the progressive unions that supported him in his 2015 bid for mayor would again him once more over different options. Garcia would additionally want to discover methods to enchantment to Black voters.
The highly effective Chicago Teachers Union has already thrown its help to Cook County Commissioner Brandon Johnson.
For months, Garcia has brazenly flirted with the potential of working for mayor once more after pushing Rahm Emanuel into the town’s first runoff in 2015. Now Garcia has filed an amended marketing campaign committee so he can legally increase funds for a mayoral run, and there are volunteers amassing signatures to get him on the poll.
Since profitable a congressional seat in 2018, Garcia has grown his political energy far past his Southwest Side base. The longtime progressive politician confirmed a sensible aspect in recent times by constructing shut ties with now-indicted former Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan, which helped broaden Garcia’s affect, and his endorsement has been wanted by candidates all throughout the town.
Garcia thought of working for mayor in 2019 however in the end determined towards a bid. He helped Lightfoot turn into mayor that year by endorsing her within the runoff towards Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, whose management workforce he served on whereas on the county board.
Wrigleyville Ald. Tom Tunney can be weighing a bid.
Aside from Johnson, the race consists of Lightfoot, Ald. Sophia King, activist Ja’Mal Green, Ald. Roderick Sawyer, former CPS chief Paul Vallas, state Rep. Kambium “Kam” Buckner, Ald. Raymond Lopez and businessman Willie Wilson.