Rep. Gutierrez Announces He Will Not Run For Mayor

Lisa Fielding
September 12, 2018 - 1:51 pm

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- U.S. Democratic Rep. Luis Gutierrez announced Wednesday that he will not run for mayor of Chicago, as he does not want to take away from his daughter's campaign as she runs for alderman.

"First, I want to thank the hundreds of you who have called to offer support and encouragement for me to run for mayor of our great city," Gutierrez said. "Because of my unending respect for all of you, I've listened carefully and believe me, from the bottom of my heart, I am honored.

"Not too long ago, I made a promise to my daughter, Jessica, who is running for alderman in the 30th ward that I would put her future first...She is carving her own path as a young, independent progressive leader, and a part of the exciting new movement coming to the forefront across our nation. The last thing I want to do is undermine her independence or undercut her avenues for success. I'm a dad first."

Another thing Gutierrez plans to focus on is aid for Puerto Rico. 

"Puerto Rico deserves my time and my energy and I will not rest until my work there restores it to its proper place as a home for hard working people and a haven for prosperity," he said. But, "rebuilding Puerto Rico can't be done with Donald Trump as president."

In order to "tear down Trump's second wall that is denying over 900,000 immigrants citizenship," Gutierrez will continue to be a national spokesperson for the National Partnership for New Americans and continue his work on immigration and refugee rights.

Gutierrez is endorsing Cook County Commissioner Jesus "Chuy" Garcia for the job and urged his supporters to help draft the commissioner for another mayoral run.

"Chuy took us almost far enough four years ago bringing a new spirit of independence and honesty that survived his defeat. It's time to let his vision be fulfilled," he said.

"We are going to form an exploratory committee and start circulating petitions this weekend. If Chuy doesn't have petitions out, I will print them myself. I know how to spell his name."

Jesus "Chuy" Garcia has not yet announced if he will or will not be running for mayor. He released a statement following Gutierrez's announcement.

"First, I want to thank Congressman Gutierrez for his confidence and support in my ability to lead Chicago and to serve as a bridge to unite our increasingly divided city.  And, certainly, as a father, I understand his decision and admire the love he has for his daughter and unwavering support to the people of Puerto Rico.

Calls and messages have been coming in from people all over the city urging me to run, including Congressman Gutierrez. And, I want to thank everyone for their encouragement and support from the bottom of my heart.

As I take a closer look at the Mayor’s race I will continue to dialogue with Chicagoans from across our great city to talk about solutions that will both unify us and improve everyone’s quality of life. While we have great challenges ahead of us we also have an opportunity to bring peace to a city that has been too much at war with itself. And, I look forward to forging that peace together."