Candidates’ Forum: 4 Democrats vying for redesigned 3rd Congressional District | Chicago News

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Early voting is underway in Chicago and primary election day is less than three weeks away.

Voters in Illinois’ newly drawn 3rd congressional district will have a choice of four candidates in the Democratic primary. There is also a Republican candidate running.

The new district was drawn after the 2020 census and redistribution. It includes parts of Chicago’s northwest side and winds its way to some western DuPage County suburbs — like Glen Ellyn, Bartlett, and Wheaton.

This new design also makes it the second Latino-majority congressional district in the state.

Join “Chicago Tonight” for a Candidates Forum:

Delia Ramirez: Ramirez is the state representative for the 4th district and has been a representative since 2018. She was born and raised in Humboldt Park. Ramirez says some of the most pressing needs are moving Medicare-for-All, increasing affordable housing, and pathways to citizenship for DACA recipients and undocumented immigrants.

Gilbert ‘Gil’ Villegas: Villegas has served since 2015 as the 36th alderman of the Chicago City Council, as well as chairman of the Latino Caucus. Villegas says there is a need to support working families with plans such as expanding child tax credits, moving paid family and medical leave to the federal level, and transitioning to a federal income program. universal basis.

Iymen H. Chehade: A professor and lecturer at Columbia College Chicago and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chehade is also director of foreign policy and research for the Marie Newman campaign. Newman is the representative of the 3rd district. He said he wanted to free politics from lobbyists and special interest groups and provide voters with well-paying jobs.

Juan Enrique Aguirre: Aguirre is a registered nurse who attended the University of Michigan. And he’s also the director of nursing and community outreach for cannabis company The Yard Illinois. He said his diagnosis for the city was that it lacked affordable and nutritious food options, affordable housing and safety.


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