2 candidates make their cases to represent 3rd Congressional District

Gilbert Villegas, left; Delia Ramirez Photo credit respective congressional websites

(WBBM NEWSRADIO) — Two elected officials are among Democratic candidates vying for what would become the area's newest Latino Congressional seat.

Chicago Ald. Gilbert Villegas (36th), who chairs the City Council’s Latino Caucus, said he gets things done and would do that as 3rd District congressman, if elected.

His main opponent is state Rep. Delia Ramirez, D-Chicago, who calls Villegas a failed leader. She said she’s the best fit for the district and will fight for health care for seniors, regardless of immigration status.

Villegas takes some credit for Chicago’s new guaranteed income pilot program. He said he is more pragmatic than Ramirez and does not support “defunding” the police.

There are two other candidates on the ballot.

The 3rd Congressional District Race is the subject of this week’s “At Issue” program, which airs at 9:30 a.m. and 9:30 p.m. on Sunday.

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