Congratulations To The Next Mayor Of Chicago: Chuy Garcia
(While the 19th and 29th precincts are still out with zero results as of this time, I am withholding comment on the 11th Ward race. What follows is my statement on the Mayoral race.)
The Rahm Emanuel administration has been a disaster for the 11th Ward and for Chicago. From the far north of our ward, where Emanuel’s closures of mental health facilities have dumped patients seeking services at the Pacific Garden Mission, to the far south, where crime and the economic health of our neighbors get an indifferent shrug from City Hall, the 11th Ward needs to stand with the rest of Chicago and send Rahm Emanuel back to Wilmette.
I was in the streets with Chicago teachers fighting Emanuel’s public school closings, and when I saw the teachers union back Chuy Garcia for Mayor, I immediately invited Garcia to the 11th Ward to the same kind of events I appeared at with Bob Fioretti throughout my campaign. I am sad that Bob’s message didn’t get out, but today I join my many friends who already work for Chuy’s campaign for Mayor.
Today, I am wholeheartedly endorsing and supporting Jesus “Chuy” Garcia for Mayor of Chicago in the April runoff. We have a chance to elect a bona fide progressive who withstood millions of dollars of attacks from Emanuel’s obscenely huge war chest stuffed with pay-to-play cash. We have a chance to retake City Hall from the forces that attack working families every day. We need someone who sees Chicago as the world-class city that it is, not a springboard for national office or a profit center for privatization.
For these reasons and more, I urge all 11th Ward voters to cast their ballot on April 7th for Jesus “Chuy” Garcia for Mayor of Chicago.