Mayoral Candidate Just One Point Shy of Lead


Thursday, February 21, 2019

Contact: Kelley Quinn

CHICAGO — Mayoral candidate Gery Chico has muscled his way to second place — just one point shy of the lead — according to a new poll published by a NBC5 reporter  late Wednesday.

Chico, who started his campaign in late September, has surged past his opponents and is now favored by 14 percent of Chicago’s voters. The poll shows Chico and Lori Lightfoot right behind Bill Daley at 15 percent. Toni Preckwinkle polled fourth at 12 percent, while Susana Mendoza sits in fifth place with 10 percent.

“This poll shows that our message has resonated across the city: Chicago families don’t want to get hit with another brick on the back in new taxes,” Chico said. “And my team is working every waking hour to not only ensure that families’ wallets are protected, but that economic and educational opportunities are created throughout the entire city of Chicago.”

Chico, the leading Latino candidate in the race, said he is the most prepared to lead Chicago — from balancing budgets and creating opportunities to generating revenue and tackling public safety. “I’m an eternal optimist. Our city’s best days are ahead of it. My roots are in the neighborhoods and streets of this city. I’ve brought community policing to Chicago and led the turnaround of the Chicago Public Schools in what President Clinton called a model for the nation. I’ve done this before, and as mayor I’ll do it again.”

Chico, the grandson of Mexican immigrants, was born and raised on the South Side of Chicago. He is the only candidate who graduated from a Chicago Public School. He went on to become an attorney, serve as Chief of Staff to Mayor Richard M. Daley, President of CPS, President of the Chicago Parks District, Chair of the City Colleges of Chicago, and chair of the Illinois State Board of Education.

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