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Dear Illinois RootsAction supporter,
We are writing to you because you live in Chicago or the surrounding area and we want to let you know that RootsAction supports Jesus "Chuy" Garcia for mayor.
As everyone in Chicago knows, in a stunning upset, Mayor Rahm Emanuel was forced into a run-off election to be held on April 7. Despite Emanuel's $15 million initial war chest, the strong efforts by grassroots movements kept him below the 50% threshold needed to win.
Jesus "Chuy" Garcia made history in forcing the first ever Chicago mayoral run-off, coming in second with 34% of the vote to Emanuel's 45%. Now we must really step up our efforts and bring Chuy to victory on April 7. Recent polling has shown the race to be a statistical dead heat with many voters still undecided.
Dubbed "Mayor 1%" in Kari Lydersen's biography, Emanuel has worked for the 1% rather than children, families and workers by closing 49 public schools and cutting and privatizing city jobs and services.
Garcia has worked for social equity and progressive reform in Chicago for decades. In the 1980s he served on the City Council. In the 1990s, Garcia became the first Mexican-American elected to the Illinois State Senate. Now serving as Cook County Commissioner, he has the experience and the progressive vision to move Chicago forward for everyone -- not just the 1%.
Rahm may have the money, but Chuy has the grassroots progressive movement behind him. There is a path to victory and you can help.
Chicago voters, click here to take the pledge to vote for Chuy Garcia:
Chuy Garcia has the support of RootsAction and now he needs your help. If you live in the Chicago area, you can join a local phone bank or canvass. Click on "Victory" to join the RootsAction "Chuy Victory Team":
Let's take Chicago out of the hands of corporate Democrats and their cronies. Work with RootsAction to elect Jesus "Chuy" Garcia the next Mayor of Chicago.
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-- The RootsAction.org Team
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1. In These Times: What Has Jesus “Chuy” Garcia Actually Accomplished in Office? A Lot, It Turns Out.