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Latino Leadership Council Calls Rep. Jesus ‘Chuy’ Garcia to run for mayor in 2023


CHICAGO (UKTN) — “Run, Chuy, run!” — that’s the Latino Leadership Council’s message to US Rep. Jesus “Chuy” Garcia (D-Illinois) as Chicago’s mayoral race heats up.

After a meeting Tuesday, the leadership council is calling on the 4th district congressman to throw his hat in the ring before the February 2023 mayoral election.

The council cited limited growth for Latino wards in the city’s recent political remap, and Garcia’s track record for building “broad coalitions” as two of the reasons they think he’s needed in this race.

If Garcia fled, he would almost certainly become the immediate favorite to oust Mayor Lori Lightfoot. Garcia ran for mayor in 2015, forcing then-Mayor Rahm Emanuel to a runoff before losing to Emanuel’s 56% with 44% of the vote.

At a press conference last month where he announced he would back several councilor candidates in 2023, Garcia declined to say when he plans to make a decision on a bid for mayor, but acknowledged, “I have to decide quickly.”

“I don’t want to pressure myself. I want to be so thoughtful and so understanding of all the issues facing the city of Chicago. The public safety challenges, the promise of new public safety efforts is pretty exciting, considering my background in violence prevention and intervention, and community building,” he said.

Garcia said last month that he is hesitant to leave Congress given the growing number of Republican candidates for Congress who have supported former President Donald Trump’s unfounded claims that the 2020 presidential election had been stolen and have even taken steps to try. undo the 2020 election results.

“I am conflicted because of the responsibility I have to help save and protect our democracy and our republic,” Garcia said last month.

Garcia said he also loves his work as a congressman, calling it “exciting” to be involved in everything from foreign policy to the national economy, and immigration reform in particular.

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