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Rep. Delia Ramirez announces congressional bid

Tuesday, Dec 7, 2021

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Tomorrow morning, State Rep. Delia Ramirez will launch her historic bid to be the first Latina Congresswoman in the Midwest running to represent Illinois’ 3rd Congressional District. Rep. Ramirez currently serves the 4th house district in the Illinois General Assembly, a position she’s held since 2018. In the legislature, she successfully passed legislation expanding affordable housing, Medicaid coverage to senior citizens regardless of immigration status, and the creation of an elected school board in the City of Chicago. She now serves as Assistant Majority Leader and is running for Congress to elevate her working people’s agenda in Washington.

“I am running for Congress because the people of the new 3rd congressional district deserve a Congresswoman that is rooted in our communities and ready to champion working families in Washington. I plan to bring the neighborhood first agenda I delivered on in the General Assembly to Congress. I have a proven track record of building strong and diverse coalitions and this campaign will reflect the people and priorities of the communities in the 3rd district. As I have done in the state legislature, in Congress I will fight for legislative and policy changes to make sure every community in my district and beyond have a thriving and empowered local economy, health care for all, accessible and affordable housing, and high-quality public education from pre-k to college.” said Leader Ramirez.

“In a time where our families are struggling to recover from the pandemic, and we have attacks on people of color, women’s rights, and our voting rights, we need someone who is not afraid to take on these difficult fights on behalf of our communities. I am confident that I am the candidate uniquely qualified to do this because I have spent my entire career fighting these fights. I will bring this unique perspective to the halls of Congress and will work harder than anyone to get results for our communities, just as I have in Springfield.”

Senator Omar Aquino, Delia’s partner in the Senate is a key member of her team and will announce her official candidacy and his endorsement at a launch event Wednesday evening. Sen. Aquino notes “During our time at the state legislature, Delia has been a trusted collaborator and fighter for our communities. She shares my deep commitments to progressive values, building power for working families, and growing Latino representation. I am proud to endorse such a trusted partner to represent our communities as the first Latina congresswoman in the Midwest.”

Leader Ramirez will host listening sessions throughout the 3rd district in Portage Park, West Chicago, Addison, and Humboldt Park. She will join her supporters and announce her candidacy at a kick-off celebration in Avondale tomorrow night.

Senator Karina Villa, from West Chicago will help lead a conversation with community leaders and seniors tomorrow as part of Rep. Ramirez’s listening tour. She says “I strongly endorse Rep. Delia Ramirez for Congresswomen in the Illinois 3rd district. We’ve worked together in Springfield, and she’s proven she is a legislator who gets results. Delia will work to build consensus and is the best person to balance the interests of all constituents and fiercely represent our suburban community. Delia will listen, lead and deliver on her campaign promises. I know she will work tirelessly to build a better government that works for all of us.”

Delia Ramirez is endorsed by: Senators Omar Aquino, Karina Villa, Cristina Pacione-Zayas, Robert Peters, Representatives Will Guzzardi, Kelly Cassidy, Lindsey LaPointe, Kam Buckner, Maura Hirshauer, Anna Moeller, Deb Conroy, Lakesia Collins, Theresa Mah, Robyn Gabel, Mark Walker, Nick Smith, Kelly Cassidy, Carol Ammons, Lamont Robinson, Alderpersons Carlos Ramirez-Rosa, Rossana Rodriguez-Sanchez, Maria Hadden, Daniel LaSpata, Byron Sigcho-Lopez, Jeanette B. Taylor, Andre Vasquez, Mayor of Evanston Daniel Biss, County Commissioner Brandon Johnson, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District Commissioner Josina Morita, Commiteeperson Anthony Quezada, Triton School Board Member Norma Hernandez, and The Honorable Barbara Flynn Currie.

[The endorsement list has been updated to include Rep. Dagmara Avelar, who was unintentionally left off the original list.]

- Posted by Rich Miller        

11 Comments
  1. - Montrose - Wednesday, Dec 8, 21 @ 6:22 am:

    Rep. Ramirez will be a great member of Congress, but I will be very sad to see her leave Springfield.


  2. - Blue Dog - Wednesday, Dec 8, 21 @ 6:48 am:

    at first read, she appears a bit too progressive for me. but I’m not in her district. good luck and thanks for your public service.


  3. - namenotrequired - Wednesday, Dec 8, 21 @ 7:06 am:

    Looks like Chuy is continuing to be the new kingmaker.


  4. - Northwest burbs - Wednesday, Dec 8, 21 @ 7:26 am:

    A bit to progressive for this democrat and I live in the 3rd district. I’m glad she is running overall it will be a democratic seat.


  5. - David - Wednesday, Dec 8, 21 @ 8:00 am:

    This is gonna be one hell of a race to watch. Alderman Gil Villegas v Representative Delia Ramirez. Let the games begin- edge to Alderman Villegas on this one.


  6. - Amalia - Wednesday, Dec 8, 21 @ 8:28 am:

    gotta proofread. unless Kelly Cassisdy is two different people.


  7. - SaulGoodman - Wednesday, Dec 8, 21 @ 8:53 am:

    **unless Kelly Cassisdy [sic] is two different people.**

    LOL


  8. - Actual Red - Wednesday, Dec 8, 21 @ 9:00 am:

    I used to live in Rep. Ramirez’s district, and was extremely impressed by her. She directly consulted constituents on just about everything and I felt that she really walked the walk when it came to representing her district. One of the few politicians I really trust and I think she’d be great in Congress.


  9. - JJJJJJJJJJ - Wednesday, Dec 8, 21 @ 9:18 am:

    @namenotrequired

    I may be mistaken, but I don’t think Chuy endorsed when Rep. Ramirez convincingly won a crowded HD 4 primary in ‘18. For that matter does he usually endorse on the northwest side?


  10. - 10th Ward - Wednesday, Dec 8, 21 @ 10:56 am:

    @David, don’t disagree with your analysis but if I had to wager, I wouldn’t bet on the Alderman.
    This will be the most interesting primary, well Mary Miller’s primary may end up being more “interesting”, but Gil vs Delia will be more civil


  11. - Shytown - Wednesday, Dec 8, 21 @ 3:25 pm:

    I like her personally and she’s a great advocate for her legislative district, but I don’t think she has a chance in this CD. It’s not progressive enough, and is more conservative. Probably gives Villegas the edge.


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