[David Toney - For Shaw Media]
4th Congressional District – Democrat
Richard Gonzalez of Chicago (richardforcongress.com) versus Jesus “Chuy” Garcia of Chicago, Sol A. Flores of Chicago and Raymond A. Lopez of Chicago, who all declined to attend
On his experience as a leader:
I’ve been a Chicago police sergeant for 25 years, and in addition to that, I am the president and CEO of the Metropolitan Housing Development Corporation. … Thirty years, I’ve been working two jobs – 18 hours a day, every day, guys. … I thought at the age of 55 it was time to retire, and then I had my grandkids. And I said, ‘Who’s going to protect them if I leave?’
On issues in the 4th Congressional District:
In the last 25 years, this district hasn’t talked about immigration. Immigration is an important thing that needs to be resolved and resolved quickly. … When I become congressman, I’m going to suggest very strongly that we stop closing our public schools. I’m a product of public schools. … We don’t need new charter schools. Let’s work with what we have. There needs to be more jobs that need to be brought in this district.
On his views of immigration:
From a Chicago police sergeant’s perspective, a police officer’s perspective, what we need is homeland security. If we don’t know who’s here, then we don’t know what they’re up to. In my opinion, we need to ensure that these people are registered, so at least we know who’s in the United States. … I am all for immigration reform. I think we need to give an opportunity to those folks who are here undocumented to register without fear of deportation.