Cook County Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia announced Monday that he will not run for mayor.
Despite forcing a first-ever mayoral runoff election when he ran against Mayor Rahm Emanuel in 2015, Garcia surprised many by opting not to throw his hat into what is becoming a very crowded ring this time around.
Just last week, supporters of Garcia were telling reporters that he would run for mayor of Chicago. But Garcia is already on the ballot to succeed U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Chicago) and said Monday that he needed to keep his word to the people who voted for him in the primary.
Garcia joins Carol Marin to discuss the reasons behind his decision and his thoughts on the mayoral race – including whether he’ll throw his considerable political weight behind a progressive candidate.