Congressman Jesus “Chuy” Garcia considering another Chicago mayoral bid

CHICAGO (SCS) — Congressman Jesus “Chuy” Garcia said Wednesday he was considering a run for mayor of Chicago and acknowledged he will soon have to make up his mind about whether to join the crowded group of challengers who will face Mayor Lori Lightfoot. in 2023.

Garcia would almost certainly become the instant favorite to oust Lightfoot, having run for mayor in 2015 when he forced then-mayor Rahm Emanuel to a runoff before losing with 44% of the vote. against 56% for Emanuel.

At a press conference where he announced he was backing various aldermen candidates in 2023, Garcia declined to say when he expected to make a decision on a mayoral bid, but acknowledged, “I have to decide soon. “

“I don’t want to pressure myself. I want to be as deliberate and understand all the issues that the city of Chicago is facing. The challenges of public safety, the promise of new public safety efforts are quite exciting , given my background in violence prevention, intervention and community development,” he said.

Garcia, who represents Illinois’ 4th congressional district, said he was hesitant to leave Congress given the growing number of Republican congressional candidates who supported former President Donald Trump’s baseless claims that the 2020 presidential election had been stolen, and even took steps to try to overturn the 2020 election results.

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

Garcia said he also enjoys his job as a congressman, calling it “exhilarating” to be involved in everything from foreign policy to the national economy, and especially immigration reform.

“My great desire to be a congressman when immigration reform finally becomes a reality makes it so difficult” to even consider leaving, Garcia said.

At least eight other candidates have announced their intention to challenge Lightfoot in the 2023 election: Ald. Sophia King (4th), Ald. Roderick Sawyer (6th), Ald. Raymond Lopez (15th), businessman Willie Wilson, former Chicago Public Schools CEO Paul Vallas, Illinois State Rep. Kam Buckner, community activist Ja’Mal Green and the Chicago police officer Frederick Collins.

Other potential candidates who have weighed the offers for mayor include Ald. Brian Hopkins (2nd), Ald. Tom Tunney (44th), Illinois State Rep. La Shawn Ford, and Cook County Commissioner Brandon Johnson.


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