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*** UPDATED x2 - Gonzales files - Zalewski recuses *** Question of the day

Monday, Dec 2, 2019

* “Considering” is probably putting it mildly. Press release…

State Rep. Celina Villanueva (D-Chicago) announced on Sunday night she is considering running in the special election for the 11th District State Senate seat vacated last week by Sen. Martin Sandoval.

“It is long past time for ethical, principled, progressive leadership to fight for the working families of the 11th District,” said Rep. Villanueva. “I’ve spent my career as a community organizer, as an advocate for immigrant communities, and now as a progressive state representative standing up for the families of the Southwest Side–and I’m ready to step up and lead the way forward as we bring needed change to this seat.”

“This isn’t a decision I can make alone,” said Rep. Villanueva. “I’ve spent the last several days talking with leaders and constituents. If I hear from community voices that they will support my run, then we’ll take the leap together.”

To ensure she can qualify for the ballot if she does decide to run, Villanueva said, she will need “all hands on deck” to gather the needed 1000-3000 signatures by the December 9 deadline, and said she will need supporters to join in the effort.

The sudden resignation of Sen. Sandoval, embroiled in a federal investigation into corruption allegations, triggered the special succession process that will lead to a March 17 special election to fulfill the remaining two years of Sen. Sandoval’s term.

Villanueva was sworn into the House of Representatives in July 2018. In her tenure as state representative, she has championed cannabis legalization, the Reproductive Health Act, legislation to protect immigrant rights, and the bill that creates a pathway to a fair income tax, which would require the very wealthy to pay their fair share in taxes.

* Politico

And Edgar Gonzalez Jr., a constituency services liaison for Congressman Chuy Garcia, is already knocking on doors for signatures to replace Villanueva.

“I’ve spent the last several days talking with leaders and constituents. If I hear from community voices that they will support my run, then we’ll take the leap together,” Villanueva said in a release Sunday expressing her interest in the Senate seat.

Villanueva and Gonzalez are backed by [US Rep. Chuy Garcia] and House Speaker Mike Madigan. That support is important because candidates only have one week — a special filing period from Dec. 3 through 9 — to turn in the 1,000 required petition signatures (or about 3,000, for a cushion). That’s a big lift for any candidate. Money doesn’t get signatures, organizations do.

Of course, Garcia and Madigan know this so it’s no coincidence they were ready with candidates to jump in upon Sandoval’s exit announcement.

…Adding… As noted in comments and as I told subscribers earlier today, Edgar Gonzales has to turn in his petitions by the end of today to get onto the ballot. The special filing period is only for the Senate seat.

As we’ve already discussed, Sandoval’s resignation takes effect on January 1, so the district’s committeepersons will have 30 days to replace him. Madigan’s 13th Ward and former Ald. Mike Zalewski’s 23rd Ward organization have enough weighted votes to do it on their own.

* Good question in comments…

(F)ormer Chicago Ald. Michael Zalewski, whose home was raided by the feds earlier this year, is on the committee to replace Sandoval. Will the Speaker demand that Zalewski recuse himself to make sure the selection process is not tainted?

* The Question: Should 23rd Ward Democratic Committeeperson Mike Zalewski recuse himself from the Sandoval replacement process? Make sure to explain your answer, please. Thanks.

*** UPDATE 1 *** Rep. Mike Zalewski, the committeeperson’s son, just texted me that his father “is recusing himself from the Sandoval pick. Won’t attend a slating, won’t execute a proxy.” So, the question is now moot. Thoughts?

*** UPDATE 2 *** Barton is still on it…

- Posted by Rich Miller        

  1. - Oak Parker - Monday, Dec 2, 19 @ 10:10 am:

    Edgar Gonzalez doesn’t have until December 9, he has to get his signatures (500 minimum) in today.

  2. - Too-da-loo-mf - Monday, Dec 2, 19 @ 10:14 am:

    Technically no - unlike arroyo, ald Z has not been charged and this is still America. However, since “himself” has ostensibly taken the high road on committeepersons’ role inappointments, even “himself” should not be part of the replacement process.

  3. - Rich Miller - Monday, Dec 2, 19 @ 10:17 am:

    ===he has to get his signatures (500 minimum) in today===


  4. - Too-da-loo-mf - Monday, Dec 2, 19 @ 10:18 am:

    Of course I answered the question of the day before the update. MOOT!

  5. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Dec 2, 19 @ 10:19 am:

    Good on Mr. Zalewski, it allows process to begin, and end.

    With petition season ending today at 5 as well, if someone really is bent on being in that seat, get the signatures, run in March.

  6. - Back to the Future - Monday, Dec 2, 19 @ 10:21 am:

    Good move. Glad the Zalewski family saw the potential conflict and steeped aside.
    Other elected officials should follow their lead in these kinds if

  7. - Flat Bed Ford - Monday, Dec 2, 19 @ 10:33 am:

    =Good move. Glad the Zalewski family saw the potential conflict and steeped aside.=

    It’s amazing what a federal investigation can do to adjust one’s ethical viewpoint.

  8. - "Old Timer Dem" - Monday, Dec 2, 19 @ 10:43 am:

    Has to have 500 GOOD signatures. Not an easy task. Won’t get 500 good ones standing in front of a supermarket. Need to go door to door.

  9. - Boomerang - Monday, Dec 2, 19 @ 10:48 am:

    === Has to have 500 GOOD signatures. Not an easy task. Won’t get 500 good ones standing in front of a supermarket. Need to go door to door. ===
    That’s exactly why having Madigan and Garcia’s support helped him get all of those good signatures this past weekend.

  10. - A guy - Monday, Dec 2, 19 @ 11:18 am:

    Zalewski has a keen understanding about the whole Goose/Gander issue, and following the rules when the Arroyo question does or doesn’t come up.

  11. - Former Candidate on the Ballot - Monday, Dec 2, 19 @ 11:51 am:

    I know I am taking the statements at face value but Villanueva says “she is considering running in the special election” while Gonzalez is now on the ballot for March. Does Gonzalez reconsider if Villanueva reconsiders?

    Maybe that should be the new question of the day?

  12. - Donnie Elgin - Monday, Dec 2, 19 @ 11:59 am:

    Interesting watching how the appointment process caused by indictments/investigations of current Democratic Party Legislative members having to resign, is causing the Dem ward folks that are also under a cloud of corruption having to recuse.

  13. - Boomerang - Monday, Dec 2, 19 @ 12:02 pm:

    === Maybe that should be the new question of the day? ===
    Nah. You’re overthinking it. It’s gonna happen.

  14. - Rich Miller - Monday, Dec 2, 19 @ 12:06 pm:

    ===You’re overthinking it===


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