MoveOn.org Political Action has endorsed Cook County Commissioner Jesus "Chuy" Garcia in the Chicago mayor's race, the progressive group announced Thursday.
Garcia garnered 57 percent of the votes cast by Chicago MoveOn members during the group's voting process, which kicked off Tuesday and ended earlier today.
Incumbent Rahm Emanuel won 20 percent of the membership vote, Ald. Robert Fioretti (2nd) received 18 percent and businessman Willie Wilson earned 4 percent.
"There's a deep desire to replace Rahm Emanuel with a progressive mayor, and MoveOn members are saying clearly that Chuy Garcia is that candidate," MoveOn.org Political Action's Executive Director Ilya Sheyman said in a statement. "Chuy Garcia has fought time and time again on behalf of working Chicagoans as an elected official and community organizer and has the vision needed to bring real progressive change to Chicago. Incumbent Rahm Emanuel spent his first term looking out for corporate interests and those at the very top--at the expense of students, working people, and neighborhoods across Chicago."
In its announcement, MoveOn included comments about Garcia from a few of its Chicago members:
Chuy Garcia will be a mayor for everyone in Chicago, not just the rich people. He respects the value of our public institutions, including our public schools, and won't spend his time trying to sell our city to the highest bidder. --Faith S.
He is an honest and committed progressive community leader, has been a community organizer, but also has extensive government and political experience as alderman (under Harold Washington), state senator and county board member. His 30-year+ record speaks for itself. He is just what Chicago needs to get out of government-for-the-1% it is now. Let's get our city back.--Joanna B.
Chuy Garcia is the real deal. He's a bridge builder between brown and black communities, understands the value of neighborhood development and local schools. He's ethical and experienced in bringing wasteful, corrupt government ... back into line. He's the only progressive candidate with the experience, resources and allies needed to mount a viable alternative to our current mayor, who has squandered the goodwill and the resources of the city. Chuy is the leader Chicago needs now! --Maureen K.
Also on Thursday, Garcia received the endorsement of a number of civic Latino leaders, including Marty Castro, president and CEO of Castro Synergies, LLC; Sarah Echevarria of the Chicago Teachers Union; Amalia Pallares, professor and director of the Latin American and Latino Studies Program at the University of Illinois at Chicago; and Carmen Velasquez, founder and former executive director of Alivio Medical Center, among others.