Jesus “Chuy” Garcia is the Democratic nominee in Illinois’ recently-vacated 4th Congressional District. He has served in various roles in Chicago and Illinois government since 1984, including most recently as a Cook County Board of Commissioners. Garcia emerged as a progressive leader during his 2015 mayoral campaign and had a strong performance in areas included in Illinois’ 4th Congressional District.
JStreetPAC endorsee Rep. Luis Gutierrez has represented the district since 1993 and announced in November 2017 that he would retire at the end of his current term. In his announcement, he endorsed Garcia to succeed him. Garcia has also secured Sen. Bernie Sanders’ endorsement.
Garcia supports a two-state solution, with the US playing an even-handed role in negotiations. In his view, any action by the US to move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem must be part of a final, mutually agreed upon resolution to the conflict. On the question of foreign aid, Garcia has pledged to support U.S. assistance intended to make both the Israelis and the Palestinians secure and to strengthen their economies and self-governing capacities. If elected to Congress, he will be committed to supporting the aspirations of both the Jewish and Palestinian peoples.