Wednesday, November 7, 2018 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews
Featured image: Jesus “Chuy” Garcia, who was recently elected to Congress, during a visit to the Maywood-Proviso Rotary Club in January. | File
Proviso Township officially gained a new congressman on Nov. 6 after voters overwhelmingly chose Jesus “Chuy” Garcia to represent the 4th District, which includes part of Melrose Park, in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Garcia beat his Republican challenger, Mark Wayne Lorch, by a wide margin in the suburbs and in the city. In the suburbs, Garcia beat Wayne 76 percent to 24 percent and 90 percent to 10 percent in the city.
Garcia joins longtime incumbents Danny K. Davis (7th) and Mike Quigley (5th) as the congressmen representing areas in Proviso Township in the U.S. House.
Before his election to the House, Garcia served as a Cook County Commissioner representing the 7th District. He will succeed outgoing U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez, who announced earlier this year that he would retire from congress.
Davis coasted to victory over Republican Craig Cameron 87 percent to 13 percent in the suburbs and 88 percent to 12 percent in the city.
Quigley, whose district also includes parts of Melrose Park, beat Republican Tom Hanson 64 percent to 36 percent in the city and 81 percent to 19 percent in the suburbs.
The congressmen’s victories all came in what shaped up to be a much weaker national “Blue Wave” than Democrats had hoped.
The party nonetheless recaptured Congress and picked up a handful of governor seats that had once belonged to Republicans, such as the one in Illinois, where Democrat and billionaire heir J.B. Pritzker trounced incumbent Bruce Rauner. VFP
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