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Chicago mayoral candidate Lori Lightfoot announced the endorsement of the Latino Leadership Council today. The Latino Leadership Council is comprised of businesses, community leaders, and elected officials dedicated to empowering and advocating for the Latino community. Their goal is to support candidates for elected office who understand the needs of the Latino community and to educate and promote inclusion and equitable representation.

“I’m thrilled to receive the Latino Leadership Council endorsement for mayor,” said Lightfoot. “As a woman of color, I am committed to building a Chicago where every person in every community has a voice in government. I look forward to joining with the Latino Leadership Council in this election and beyond to build this more inclusive government and to empower and advocate for Chicago’s Latino community. Together, we will leave top-down decision making in the past and engage with Chicagoans in a new, progressive, inclusive way.”

“Lori’s leadership approach and strong character gives our beloved city the best opportunity to move all of Chicago’s communities forward,” said Council Chair Juan Morado, Jr.

“Lori understands that in order for the city to be successful the Latino community must have an active and purposeful role in lifting up our neighborhoods,” said Alejandra Moran a co-founder and spokesperson for the organization. “We are deeply troubled by Cook County government’s track record over the last several years with regard to appointments of Latinos and support of qualified Latino-owned businesses. The future of our city is at stake and we need a fighter like Lori to move our city forward.”