Jesus “Chuy” Garcia, a longtime Chicagoland politico and currently a Cook County Board Commissioner, feels his campaign is making progress, telling a group of residents in the Beverly community (19th Ward) that he has found that fewer voters he encounters referring to him as “Commissioner”. An ever-increasing number of voters simply call him “Chuy” (pronounced “chewy”). Even children are getting in on the act, and having fun with it, say “Chuy” campaign sources. Crain’s Chicago Business even reported “Chuy” saying essentially the same thing, telling Greg Hinz that he has been “taken aback” by the response. He added, “People aren’t calling me Commissioner Garcia, they’re calling me ‘Chuy.’ It’s a sign they’re paying attention.”
It begs the question: Can a guy named ‘Chuy’ become the next Mayor of Chicago? “Chuy” was not the first choice of the progressive community that has targeted Mayor Rahm Emanuel for defeat. That choice was the President of the Cook County Board, Toni Preckwinkle, who was polling very well and would have been a presumptive favorite to defeat Mayor Emanuel. After some thought and deliberation, Preckwinkle to declined to run and instead focusing on another four years as President of the Cook County Board.
Then there was Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) President Karen Lewis, who was making the rounds through the city. But a brain tumor suddenly derailed her candidacy, and many thought all hopes to knock off Mayor Emanuel had evaporated. While it derailed her candidacy, it did not derail her spirit.
Then along came “Chuy,” as President Lewis encouraged him to jump into the race, with the full support of the CTU. President Lewis believes that “Chuy” can win and he also believes he can win. Ever since he jumped in, “Chuy” has hit the ground running, balancing a positive campaign of what he hopes to achieve and enough negative campaigning to remind voters why Mayor Emanuel should be denied another term.
Mayoral candidate Jesus “Chuy” Garcia held a press conference just yesterday morning on the second floor at Chicago’s City Hall and the subject was “crime” and “safety.” Garcia reviewed what he called the “Emanuel Administration’s failed record on public safety.” Garcia added that “Chicago is on target to see a nearly 15% spike in shootings this year, bringing the total number of shootings since Mayor Emanuel took office to over 10,000.” The claim by Garcia is the most-pointed and poignant attack on the Emanuel Administration’s record on “crime” and “safety.”
Garcia also accused Mayor Emanuel of breaking a campaign promise to hire 1,000 additional police. According to DNAinfo.com, Emanuel adding 1,000 police on the street “Did not occur.”
However, Garcia promised that if elected he would follow-through on the promise of 1,000 additional police. Garcia once again criticized the Emanuel Administration’s “community policing” program.
There is so much more, including pensions, eliminating red light cameras and education. It appears that “Chuy” is just warming up, gearing himself for the big push after New Year’s Day when the election will go into full swing.