Alderman Munoz Says He Or Chuy Garcia Will Run For Mayor

Craig Dellimore
September 05, 2018 - 9:23 am
Alderman Ricardo Munoz

Alderman Ricardo Munoz/Twitter


CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- A Chicago alderman who’s thinking of running for Mayor said Rahm Emanuel’s surprise announcement that he’s not up for re-election could change the political landscape in many ways.

Ricardo Munoz, 22nd Ward Alderman, said Mayor Emanuel's decision just disrupted what was an already crowded field of challengers.

"His announcement is like a meteor hitting a constellation. The stars are realigning themselves and those of us in the business of serving the city of Chicago are now looking at it very closely. I am considering it. I'm talking to Chuy, he's considering it. Obviously we are a team, so one of us will be running," he said. 

Cook County Commissioner Jesus "Chuy" Garcia seems like a likely winner in the race for Luis Gutierrez congressional seat, but he was the candidate who forced Mayor Emanuel in a run off the last time; so he has a decision to make. 

Munoz said Emanuel has had a downtown vision for the city of Chicago and the next mayor will have to be different, like he has tried to be.

"We need to protect public schools. We need to make sure working folks get a decent $15 an hour wage. If I were to run, or if Chuy were to run, we are not going to run against folks, we are going to run for Chicago," he said.