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Chuy Garcia

Running for US Representative, 4th District
Illinois
Election: March 20, 2018

Jesús “Chuy” García is a progressive leader who has fought to improve the lives of all people in Illinois. He currently serves as Commissioner for the 7th District on the Cook County Board. Chuy emigrated from Durango, México to Chicago at the age of ten. His early commitment to equity led him to work as a paralegal and community organizer in the Pilsen and Little Village neighborhoods of Chicago. In 1986, Chuy was elected Alderman to the Chicago City Council from the 22nd Ward. In 1992, he ran for the Illinois State Senate and became the first Mexican-American elected. After serving two terms, Chuy left the Senate to start Enlace Chicago (formerly LVCDC) and grew the organization from one employee (himself) to 27 full-time employees, 120 part-time workers, and an annual budget of $2.9 million. In 2010, Chuy returned to public office by successfully running for Cook County Commissioner. Chuy was re-elected to a second term in 2014. In 2015, he ran for Mayor of Chicago.