With just eight days left in the mayoral runoff, Jesus “Chuy” Garcia gained the endorsement of African-American women leaders.
“As African-American women who live and work in Chicago, we offer our strong and enthusiastic support for mayoral candidate Chuy Garcia for the Mayor of Chicago,” the coalition of African-American women leaders announced Monday. “Commissioner Garcia represents the absolute best hope for a better Chicago for our families, our children and our communities.”
Garcia, who continues to court the African-American vote, said, “This is our moment. With the trust and support of women such as these, we are on the path to victory on April 7.”
The endorsement comes just two days after both Garcia and Mayor Rahm Emanuel attended the Black Women’s Expo at McCormick Place.
The latest poll numbers show Emanuel with a “comfortable lead” over Garcia going into the runoff.
Garnering the African-American vote could help Garcia ahead of the April 7 election after he was criticized for a vague budget plan.
Both candidates have made efforts to attain the African-American vote. Garcia attended the Rainbow PUSH “Saturday Morning Forum” on Saturday while Emanuel gained the endorsement of 10 influential African American pastors March 20.
Support for Garcia from African American leaders traces back to Harold Washington, Chicago’s first African-American mayor, holding office in the 1980s. Washington made Garcia, then known as a young Latino activist, a Deputy Commissioner in the city’s Water Department. An ally to Washington, Garcia spoke at the former mayor’s funeral in 1987 and has said he hopes to “rekindle the legacy of Harold Washington.”