State Representative Delia Ramirez launches congressional candidacy in heavily Hispanic district of Illinois

WASHINGTON – State Representative Delia Ramirez, D-Chicago, launched a congressional candidacy on Wednesday, setting up a Democratic primary in a new district created to amplify the voting power of Hispanics.

“I have a proven track record in building strong and diverse coalitions and this campaign will reflect the people and priorities of the communities in the 3rd arrondissement,” she said in a statement.

Ramirez, Deputy House Majority Leader, runs in the new 3e Congressional District, designed by the state’s Democratic cartographers to be an “influenced” Hispanic district and, if things go as planned, result in the election of a member of the Hispanic House even though the majority of the voting age population is not Hispanic.

The new 3rd Congressional District is so democratic that the winner of the June primary will likely win the seat next November.

Last month, Ald. Gilbert Villegas (36th) became the first candidate to run in the new district, which sweeps across parts of the north side of Chicago as it winds through suburban Cook and DuPage counties.

The daughter of immigrants, Ramirez, 38, is the first Guatemalan American to serve on the Illinois General Assembly. She was first elected to the State House in 2018.

Living in Humboldt Park since the age of 7, Ramirez attended Sabin Elementary School, 2216 W Hirsch St., and Prosser Career Academy, 2148 N Long Ave., during his first three years of high school. She graduated from the now closed St. Gregory High School, 1677 W. Bryn Mawr Ave., in 2001.

After high school, Ramirez began working in neighborhood nonprofits while taking classes at Northeastern Illinois University, 5500 N. St. Louis Ave., with a major in justice studies. It took him 12 years to graduate.

She is the founding executive director of the Center for Changing Lives, a Northwest Side social service organization.

More candidates are expected to come forward for the infrequently available vacant seat anchored in Democratic Chicago. A Democratic primary with multiple Hispanics will split the Hispanic vote, leaving the door wide open for a non-Hispanic candidate to claim the seat.

In the new map, the 4e The Congressional District will be a Hispanic-majority district with the incumbent, Representative Jesus “Chuy” Garcia, D-Ill., Who is expected to run for another term in 2022.

Ramirez launched his campaign with the support of, among others, State Senator Omar Aquino, D-Chicago, chairman of the Senate Redistribution Committee – who had been mentioned as a possible candidate for the seat he helped to. shoot and is now out of the race.

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