US Rep. Jesús ‘Chuy’ García Ramps Up Campaign for Mayor: ‘I Want To Come Back Home’

U.S. Rep. Jesús “Chuy” García endorsed Mayor Lori Lightfoot four years ago when he decided not to run for mayor.

But now, he’s the latest to join a long and wide-ranging list of mayoral candidates vying to deny Lightfoot a second term.

“I believe that Chicago needs new leadership that can bring people together, someone that is rooted in the Chicago experience, knows the neighborhoods, understands people’s realities and someone who can unite the people of Chicago,” García said in an interview on “Chicago Tonight.”

García is a lifelong resident of Little Village. He believes Lightfoot’s recent “combative” way of handling conflict in City Council is the opposite of what Chicago needs.

“People feel unsafe … in order to make that reality change, you need someone who’s going to be collaborative and not exhibit that type of conflict unnecessarily … There are few results to show for a significant increase in the city budget. Chicago is known for the combativeness that’s been on full exhibit, now because of the transmission of the council meetings, petty fights, the texting on-and-on … she has not been a unifier and the type of leader we need to come out of the pandemic to make Chicago a thriving city, with thriving neighborhoods,” García said.

García is a familiar face to many as the only candidate to have served in government at nearly every level during his nearly half-century career in Illinois politics.

“I learned that taking care of business and the U.S. Congress is good f