• Dust clears in New Latino Majority 23rd Ward with only One Latino Candidate

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    December 30, 2014
    For Immediate Release
    Contact: David Sanchez

    Press Release

    Dust clears in New Latino Majority 23rd Ward
    with only One Latino Candidate

    With elections closely approaching, Martin Arteaga, a twenty-three year resident of the Southwest side, small business owner, and Progressive Aldermanic candidate, successfully removed Paulino Villarreal Jr. from the ballot in the 23rd Ward. The result, Martin Arteaga will be the only Latino candidate for Alderman in the new 67% Latino majority 23rd Ward.

    Martin Arteaga stated, “The current alderman’s camp is running scared because this is big for our campaign, but even bigger for the Latino community. We stopped the Machine from inserting a candidate to divide the Latino vote. When I am Alderman, I will represent everyone in my ward, but I refused to accept divisive tactics. Now we move forward to February’s election and let the voters speak for themselves.” Arteaga hired attorney Andrew Finko. The competitor’s petitions were questioned for insufficient number of legitimate signatures under Chicago election law. Villarreal was 89 signatures short, per the final record exam.

    The 23rd Ward includes Midway International Airport, Garfield Ridge, Clearing, Archer Heights, West Elsdon, West Lawn, and Chicago Lawn.

    Martin is running on a platform of improving education, reducing crime, and pushing economic development in the Midway Airport area. Ideas include bringing new restaurants, entertainment venues, and parking to increase commerce (using the Rosemont entertainment district as a model) to create jobs and more revenue for the City of Chicago. Martin believes the infrastructure and business districts along Archer Ave and near Midway Airport are outdated. Martin believes in the improving the quality of life for the people in the 23rd Ward and will show it in his actions.