CHICAGO (TOC) — Ed Burke, the longest serving member of the Chicago Metropolis Council might face his largest reelection problem subsequent yr.
Wednesday morning Congressman Jesus “Chuy” Garcia endorsed a candidate to run in opposition to Burke and he has the redrawn ward map in his favor.
Garcia remains to be mulling a run for mayor, however as he does he’s additionally handing out endorsements, leaping into the 14th Ward race the place Ed Burke might be extra susceptible this election than he was 4 years in the past.
Garcia endorsed Jeylu Guttierrez, a mom of two who works for Cook dinner County Commissioner Alma Anaya.
He hopes 14th Ward voters will embrace his candidate and reject Burke, who has served on the council since 1969 however is awaiting trial on federal racketeering expenses.
“There is a chance to eliminate any cloud that will grasp over the 14th ward,” Garcia mentioned.
“I believe our district must be Latino, must be a voice, an immigrant voice that understands the wrestle each day of our residents,” mentioned Guttierrez.
The 14th Ward is now overwhelmingly Hispanic, and Garcia, together with different elected leaders, consider the possibilities are good this time round to elect a Latina.
In 2019 Burke averted a runoff by profitable 54% of the vote, however the remap eliminated 4 precincts that went closely in his favor primarily based on white voters.
ABC7 reached out to Burke’s workplace for remark however acquired no response.
As for Garcia’s personal future, he mentioned he’s nonetheless contemplating a run for mayor. Complicating his determination is the chance that Cook dinner County Commissioner Brandon Johnson might get into the race and, as a former member of the Chicago Lecturers Union, draw the all-important CTU endorsement. The CTU supported Garcia in his 2015 run for mayor.
“Rank and file lecturers, individuals in management positions there and in different labors unions is the session that I’m engaged with,” Garcia mentioned.
Garcia mentioned one other consider his determination is that no polling has been achieved to indicate how he may fare within the mayor’s race. But when he’s going to get in he is aware of he has to decide quickly.
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