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CHICAGO — After month of speculation, Congressman Jesus “Chuy” Garcia officially announced he’s running for Mayor of Chicago.

Garcia made the announcement at 11 a.m. Thursday during a press conference, which coincided with the 40th anniversary of Garcia’s mentor and close friend Harold Washington announcing his 1982 run for mayor.”

He posted a video laying out why he is running for mayor and about his background. Garcia was born in Mexico and immigrated to Chicago when he was 7. He grew up in Little Village and raised his own family there.

This is the congressman’s second attempt at a run for Mayor after he forced former Mayor Rahm Emanuel into a run-off election in 2015.  Garcia lost that election by 12 percentage points, but the race elevated his political profile paving the way for a run for Congress.

Garcia sailed to victory Tuesday night, winning his re-election bid for the 4th Congressional District.  He won that seat in 2018, replacing former Congressman Luis Gutierrez. Garcia has also served as City of Chicago Alderman, Illinois Senator and Cook County Commissioner.