Ald. Maldonado, Clerk Iris Martinez, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce All Back Lifelong Democrat
Paul Vallas gained major new support in Chicago’s Hispanic community today, picking up three significant endorsements from elected officials and a key advocacy group. The day began with an endorsement from Alderman Roberto Maldonado and the Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and Vallas was endorsed this evening by Cook County Circuit Court Clerk Iris Martinez at a packed “Vamos con Vallas” support rally.
“I’m endorsing Paul Vallas today because he’s the only candidate we can trust to create more jobs and opportunities in Chicago, not lead us down the wrong path of cutting the police budget and raising taxes by $800 million like his opponent supports,” said Alderman Maldonado. “Paul is a lifelong Democrat and an experienced manager who we can count on to lead Chicago forward.”
Alderman Maldonado joins other major Hispanic elected officials who have endorsed Vallas including Aldermen Silvana Tabares, Felix Cardona Jr. and Ariel Reboyras.
“Paul Vallas has proven that he can effectively manage the city budget, allocate resources efficiently and prioritize policies that support local businesses, including making our neighborhoods safer,” said Jaime di Paulo, President & Chief Executive Officer of the Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. “Brandon Johnson’s massive tax increases would hurt our economy and make it harder for the thousands of Hispanic-owned small businesses in our city to succeed, and we are standing with Paul to pursue an agenda that supports both our businesses and our people.”
Following the endorsements from Alderman Maldonado and the Hispanic Chamber, Vallas met with Cook County Circuit Court Clerk Iris Martinez who also announced her support for Vallas.
“I’m excited to support Paul Vallas for Mayor because he is the candidate best equipped to address the biggest challenges facing our community, from public safety to education to jobs and the economy,” said Clerk Martinez. “As the first Latino to hold my current position as well as to be elected to the State Senate, I know how important it is to promote diverse leaders and Paul Vallas has a clear record of lifting Black and brown voices into leadership positions.”