CHICAGO (TOC) — In lower than two weeks, voters will likely be deciding who to ship the Congress within the newly redrawn third District. It was created particularly to supply a Latino plurality district.
The brand new district now stretches west from Chicago into DuPage County and as much as Elgin.
Listed below are the 2 main candidates within the race and what they hope to convey to Congress.
It is a race that pits a sitting Chicago alderman in opposition to a sitting state consultant from the town, every making an attempt to stability their progressive credentials with the necessity to attraction to usually extra conservative DuPage County voters out within the western a part of the brand new district.
State Rep Delia Ramirez was first elected to workplace in 2018 and is the youngest member of the Home management staff at 39 years outdated. She comes from a background in neighborhood growth and social companies.
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Gilbert Villegas has been a Chicago alderman since 2015 however the 51-year-old Marine and former union truck driver additionally has a background in capital growth.
The 2 are in a detailed race for the brand new third District congressional seat.
Villegas is touting himself as a practical progressive.
“Pragmatism is necessary in D.C. proper now,” he mentioned. “What you are seeing is extremes on either side which might be simply entrenched, locked in below points. And you have to have that capability to cross the aisle and attempt to get wins.”
Ramirez mentioned she has labored throughout the aisle in Springfield and would accomplish that in Congress.
“I additionally consider that we’d like somebody that understands neighborhood growth, the way it works on the native stage, the way it works on the state stage, the way it works on the federal stage,” Ramirez mentioned.
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Ramirez touts her management to go the elected college board for Chicago, in addition to to develop entry to well being care and supply rental mortgage help to Illinoisans.
Villegas factors to his management serving to add two further Latino seats to the town council within the remap, passing a capital invoice within the metropolis for the primary time in 30 years, and main the way in which to convey out of doors eating to Chicago when the pandemic hit.
Ramirez has been endorsed by Chuy Garcia and Bernie Sanders.
She says this race will come down to 1 factor: “What sort of democrat, a confirmed chief or a establishment institution particular person, a lobbyist in DC.”
Villegas accuses his opponent of being comfortable on crime.
“Her positions are too excessive. She needs to defund the police, and actually not assist public security,” he mentioned.
Two different Democrats are working within the June 28 Major are Juan Aguirre, a nurse and well being middle director, and Iyman Chehade, a trainer.
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