Democrat Rep Snubs Lori Lightfoot, Announces Primary Challenge to Chicago Mayor

Democrat Rep. Jesús “Chuy” García (D-IL) has dropped the hammer on Lori Lightfoot by announcing that he is launching a primary challenge against the embattled Chicago mayor.

García has just won reelection to represent Illinois’s 4th district, which includes part of Cook County.

After winning his congressional race, Garcia announced he plans to challenge Lightfoot in the mayoral election.

“It is quite evident that the winds of change are blowing across the city of Chicago this morning,” García said.

“When I walk down 26th Street, I see the hustle and bustle.

“I feel at home. I feel proud.

“But Chicago is at a crossroads,” the congressman warned.

“It’s not like that for everyone.

“Chicago needs a leader with a vision of our future and the know-how and the empathy to get us there together.

“From crime to unemployment to the shortage of affordable housing, there is so much we need to build,” García asserted.

“As we emerge from a global pandemic and a racial reckoning that exposed the painful history of inequity in our city.

“People are still living paycheck-to-paycheck, and folks are still in fear of losing their homes, their livelihoods, and, yes, their loved ones.

“We should be able to look across our skyline and see cranes and new growth as well as equitable development in our neighborhoods, bringing new, good-paying union jobs, new retail and new vitality to our city.

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“I want to see our city grow and thrive. And I want to see our children and grandchildren raise families right here in Chicago, to be able to dream of starting a small business or buying their first home.”

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By David Hawkins

David Hawkins is a writer who specializes in political commentary and world affairs. He's been writing professionally since 2014.

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