Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has a new campaign ad touting his efforts to increase the minimum wage in the city to $13 an hour by 2019. The Chicago City Council approved the mayor-backed minimum wage ordinance earlier this month.
The ad features Sharita Wilson, 27, a minimum wage worker and single mother from Hyde Park. In the 30-second ad, Wilson discusses the challenges of providing for her family on an hourly wage of $8.25, the state's current minimum wage.
With a $13 an hour wage, Wilson said, "I could buy my kids Christmas gifts that they want."
"Action speaks louder than words, and his actions show he wants to fight for us," she says.
Take a look at the ad:
Michael Kolenc, a campaign spokesman for mayoral candidate Ald. Bob Fioretti (2nd), issued the following statement in response to Emanuel's new ad:
Actions do speak louder than words, and the mayor's actions show he only has regard for struggling families during an election season. The people know the mayor's plan keeps workers making just pennies above the poverty line in 2019 and is another example of him continuing to move Chicago in the wrong direction. So far, his $2.5 million on television ads have not changed that fact.