Gabe Gonzalez Ends Campaign for 49th Ward Alderman

CHICAGO (August 15, 2018)—Gabe Gonzalez, longtime community organizer and civil rights advocate, is ending his run for 49th ward alderman.

Gonzalez built a broad coalition activating and empowering the Rogers Park community on issues of education, safety, housing, small business, and the environment. Just a few weeks short of the start of the petitions season to the municipal race, it became clear that having multiple progressives in the race would likely result in incumbent, Alderman Joe Moore, being re-elected. After consultation with campaign staff, Gonzalez elected to end his aldermanic run early and focus on other leadership roles locally and within our city while still working with neighbors in our ward.

“I have been personally humbled and touched by the outpouring of support our campaign received and continues to receive to this day. I’ve thought a lot about this. It is not easy, but I want to do what is best for the neighborhood, and I would rather do it early, while there is time for us to unite and build a movement that can win.

We need a rational and clear housing policy, we need streets safe for ALL residents, and we need growth in our schools and our businesses. Nationally, our democracy is dying as we watch. We are divided as a people. The truly existential threat of climate change lurks in the back of all of our minds. It is a time like no other in our history, or hopefully in the histories to come. Rogers Park is a wonderful place. I look forward to seeing the changes that we can all create.”

Gonzalez was previously the National Campaign Director at the Center for Community Change, and Organizing Director at the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights. He rebuilt and directed the Northwest Neighborhood Federation in the Belmont Cragin neighborhood on Chicago’s northwest side.

For a more information on Gabe Gonzalez, visit: gabegonzalez49.com

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