Gutiérrez endorses Chuy and Moreno says "Doesn't pass smell test"


Congressman Luis Gutierrez

Luis Gutiérrez officially announced this morning, Tuesday, that he will not run for re-election to his 4th District U.S. Congressional seat and endorsed Cook County Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia as the next Congressman for the 4th. Proco "Joe" Moreno, 1st Ward Alderman, says that endorsement doesn't pass the "smell test." 


Alderman Proco "Joe" Moreno

"It is not very democratic or reform minded to work a backroom deal with the current congressman," says Moreno who started his petition drive last night. 

Gutierrez' Statement
“I was reluctant to leave my seat [term ends Jan. 3, 2019] without knowing for certain that Chuy Garcia was willing to run–but once he agreed, I knew I could step aside,” said Gutiérrez. “There is no one I trust more than Chuy to go to Congress and carry forth the progressive legacy and vision of our teacher Harold Washington, on this thirtieth anniversary of Harold’s passing.” 


County Commissioner Jesus "Chuy" Garcia

While filing for slots on the 2018 ballot began 9 a.m., Mon., Nov. 27 in David Orr's County Clerk's Office, the deadline is 5 p.m., Mon., Dec. 4. To get on the ballot, petitioners for a congressional seat must have 1,000 qualified signatures. 

Gutierrez Background
Gutierrez's first elected office was in 1986 when he became 26th Ward Alderman. He took his present seat in 1992. 

Latino and immigration issues have received much of his focus. He has been at the center of every major legislative debate on immigration reform and immigration issues for more than a dozen years.  

As described by his office, he "played an instrumental role in advocating for executive action by President Obama to provide deportation relief to certain long-term undocumented immigrants and their families. The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program that protects some immigrants brought to the U.S. as children from deportation – and a series of executive actions announced in 2014 are partly the result of Congressman Gutiérrez’s consistent and persistent advocacy in Washington. But beyond advocating for these initiatives, the Congressman has worked hard in Chicago and around the country to work with immigrants to apply for these deportation protections that keep families together." 

At the beginning of the 113th Congress in January 2013, Gutiérrez took a leave of absence from the House Financial Services Committee, where he was the third ranking Democrat, to take a less senior position on the Judiciary Committee. He did this to be able to work directly on two signature issues that have defined his career: gun violence prevention and comprehensive immigration reform. 

Born in Chicago, Illinois, on December 10, 1953, he later moved to Puerto Rico, his parent's birthplace, before returning to Chicago to attend college, according to KeyWiki. He received his bachelor of arts degree from Northeastern Illinois University in 1975.



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