U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez, Rep-elect ‘Chuy’ Garcia form group to help Latino candidates

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A couple of high-profile Chicago Hispanic officials are launching a new political action committee designed to help political candidates and highlight issues important to Latinos.

Incoming U.S. Rep. Jesus “Chuy” Garcia and the man he’s replacing in Congress, Luis Gutierrez, announced the new organization Sunday, with business people and young elected officials taking part, Gutierrez said.

“We want to create opportunities for people, both in politics and business, by making sure everybody knows the buying power of Hispanics, the entrepreneurial spirit of Hispanics, and that Hispanic representation matches that, which hasn’t always been the case,” he said.

Garcia said the Latino Leadership Council sprang out of discussions about how to build on higher voter turnout in the Hispanic community in recent elections, which has been spurred in part by opposition to President Donald Trump.

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November 25, 2018 at 01:18PM

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