Poll: Rep. Jesus ‘Chuy’ Garcia in strong starting position if he runs for Chicago mayor

U.S. Rep. Jesus “Chuy” Garcia speaks during a news conference at City Hall, Wednesday morning, Sept. 7, 2022. | Ashlee Rezin/Sun-Times

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WASHINGTON – Nuestro PAC – a national political action committee focusing on Latino voters – is urging Rep. Jesus “Chuy” Garcia, D-Ill., to jump into the Chicago mayoral race, commissioning a poll showing Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Garcia tied as the standouts in a big field and Lightfoot saddled with a high disapproval rating.

I talked to Garcia on Sunday and asked him about the risk-free position he holds: Garcia, on the November ballot seeking a third term, faces weak GOP opposition in a safe Democratic district. Garcia can run for mayor in 2023 without giving up his seat in Congress. “I am very much aware of that,” Garcia said.

Garcia will also know before deciding whether Democrats lose the House in the mid-terms.

Earlier this month, Garcia, calling Lightfoot vulnerable, told reporters the odds of his running in the 2023 City Hall contest were 50-50. Garcia on Sunday said he is aiming to decide by mid-October, with his odds changing day-by-day.

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The petition filing deadline is Nov. 28. Chicago’s non-partisan mayoral election is Feb. 28, with a runoff between the top two on April 4 if no one wins a majority plus one vote. Garcia lost to Mayor Rahm Emanuel in the 2015 mayoral runoff.

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Source:: Chicago Sun Times

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