National Candidate Category: House of Representatives
Jesús “Chuy” García is a progressive leader who has fought to improve the lives of all people. Chuy emerged as a national leader during his 2015 bid for Mayor of the City of Chicago. Chuy received an outpouring of support and acclaim and has continued to be vocal on local and national policy issues. He currently serves as Commissioner for the 7th District on the Cook County Board.
Chuy was born in a village at the edge of the Sierra Madre in Durango, Mexico. His father worked as a bracero in the fields of California, Kansas and Texas. The family moved to Chicago when Chuy was 10 and settled in Pilsen and then the Little Village neighborhood.
Chuy developed his first interest in politics at St. Rita High School, inspired by the speeches of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and United Farm Workers Union leader Cesar Chavez. He got his first taste of political organizing when he and fellow students threw a picket line around the old Atlantic movie theater on 26th Street, which had become seedy and rundown. It closed but reopened in a cleaned up version and the newly minted activists could take pride in their work.
The election of Harold Washington as mayor in 1983 spawned what some view as the golden age in progressive politics in Chicago. The new mayor tapped Chuy to become the city’s deputy water commissioner. In 1986, Chuy was elected alderman of the 22nd Ward and tipped the balance on the City Council to Mayor Washington’s favor, ending the furious clash known in Chicago history as Council Wars.
As Alderman, Chuy secured city funds to construct the giant Little Village Arch that sweeps across 26th Street in the 22nd Ward. He also pushed through an ordinance providing help for immigrants with filling out forms, writing letters and applying for green cards issued by the federal government.
Chuy left the City Council to run for the Illinois Senate in 1992 and became the first Mexican-American elected to that post. He succeeded in passing legislation that set limits on f
Other Campaign DetailsParty Affiliation : DemocratPrimary Election Date: 3/20/2018General Election Date: 11/5/2018Endorsed By: Our Revolution
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