ENDORSEMENT: Jesus ‘Chuy’ Garcia for Congress in 4th District

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ENDORSEMENT: Jesus “Chuy” Garcia for Congress in 4th District, 2020 election
The Sun-Times endorses Jesus “Chuy” Garcia for Congress in the 4th District. | Ashlee Rezin Garcia/Sun-Times

Garcia’s first priority has been to push for the enactment of immigration reform, but he has long pursued a broader progressive agenda.

The earmuff-shaped 4th Congressional District was gerrymandered 30 years ago to create a majority-Hispanic district in the Chicago area, as ordered by a federal court. It is appropriate, then, that the district’s representative should devote a good deal of attention to the expressed concerns of Latinos.

That certainly was the approach of the previous representative, Luis Gutierrez, and it’s true for incumbent Jesus “Chuy” Garcia, who was elected as a Democrat in 2018. Garcia’s first priority has been to push for the enactment of immigration reform that includes a pathway to citizenship for DACA recipients.

More so than Gutierrez, however, Garcia has long pursued a broad progressive agenda, such as when he sponsored legislation to require the appointment of more rank-and-file workers to corporate boards. We endorse Garcia over his Republican challenger, businessman Jesus Solorio.


4th Congressional District map, 2020 election
Illustration by Caroline Hurley
4th Congressional District map.

For more information about this race and others, including candidate questionnaires, go to our Illinois voting guide. Our newspaper is owned by a group of civic-minded and, in some cases, politically active investors; for details, see our owner information page.

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September 21, 2020 at 05:10PM

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