As was predicted in Monday’s posting, Illinois Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Chicago) confirmed that he will not seek re-election next year. And, also as mentioned pertaining to the lateness of his retirement decision – the Illinois candidate filing deadline is December 4th – Gutierrez and the Chicago political machine leaders do already have a candidate emerging from the wings. The Congressman confirmed this in his formal announcement, endorsing Cook County Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia (D) as his successor, and saying he would not be retiring if Mr. Garcia did not agree to run for Congress. Chicago Alderman Carlos Ramirez-Rosa (D), who is likely to attract national liberal organization support, is coming forward to challenge Garcia in the March 20th Democratic primary. The winner of that plurality contest will claim the seat in the November 2018 general election.
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