BERWYN – Berwyn Mayor Robert Lovero has endorsed Democrat Robert Reyes for Illinois 24th District representative over incumbent state Rep. Lisa Hernandez, D-Cicero, in the March 20 primary election.
Lovero formally announced his support for Reyes on Jan. 11 at The Outta Space in Berwyn.
“I’ve listened to my constituents’ concerns and by connecting with a strong, young candidate who has a fresh vision for Berwyn’s future, I’m confident we can work together to make positive change a reality for Berwyn,” Lovero said in a statement. “This partnership is particularly meaningful, because Robert calls Berwyn home, and supporting our very own residents is what makes this a unique and special community.”
Reyes, 33, said he’s honored and grateful for the mayor’s support and described the endorsement as “significant.”
“Mayor Lovero supported Hernandez for a long time, but now has decided to support a young challenger,” Reyes said. “We’ve built a strong, grassroots campaign led by people who want to see change in this community. There will be a clear choice in this election – more of the same or a new generation of leadership.”
Reyes unsuccessfully ran against Hernandez for the seat in 2012 but has stayed out of politics since then until now. He said he wanted to get involved again after President Donald Trump’s 2016 election.
“I wasn’t thinking of running again, but I saw the direction our country and our state was headed, and it’s not something I want for my family or my community, so I had to take action,” he said. “There is a lack of leadership in this area. I didn’t have much support at first, but now we’ve grown so large and have more than 100 volunteers who are working to get my message out.”
Reyes said it’s time for new leadership, and he wants to improve public education, raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour and help young people find meaningful employment.
“It’s time for a new vision and a new generation of leadership,” he said. “I’ve spoken to hundreds of families, and they’re sick and tired of politicians representing their pockets instead of our working families.”
Attempts to reach Hernandez for comment were unsuccessful.