Alderman Raymond Lopez Endorses Genita Robinson for State Representative

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Chicago – Genita Robinson, an attorney and candidate for State Representative in the 6th District, received the endorsement of Raymond Lopez, Alderman of Chicago’s 15th Ward. Alderman Lopez, whose ward covers the Back of the Yards and West Englewood, announced his support for Ms. Robinson citing her commitment and qualifications in the job.

“I am proud to support Genita Robinson as our next state representative.” Lopez said. “Her experience and record of accomplishments makes her the most qualified person to fight for our community in Springfield. We need leaders like Genita who will stand up to Governor Rauner’s radical agenda and will work hard to make our communities great again.”

Lopez, who also serves as the 15th Ward’s Democratic Committeeman, has a large share of voters in the district. His endorsement is expected to provide a large boost to the Robinson campaign in its effort to reach out to Back of the Yards and West Englewood voters.

“Alderman Lopez is a champion for working class families at both City Hall and in the 15th Ward,” Robinson said. “I am proud to have earned his support and look forward to having his help in reaching out and talking to voters about the most important issues facing our city and our state.”

Lopez also took the opportunity to criticize Robinson’s opponent in the race for missing a key vote to maintain funding for abandoned properties, which can turn into hotspots for crime.

“Rep. Esther Golar’s legacy was forged in part by her willingness to show up to vote for legislation that was important to the community despite being terminally ill,” said Lopez.  “For her replacement to skip a critical vote that would have provided relief to homeowners living next to unsecured properties, it is both unbelievable and unacceptable. Our community deserves better.”

Neighborhoods throughout the 6th District have some of the highest property vacancies in the city. In some areas of Englewood and Back of the Yards, as many as one in six houses were vacant according to a 2013 study.

The 6th House District includes Englewood, West Englewood, Back of the Yards, Marquette Park, Bridgeport, Canaryville, New City, Chicago Lawn, the South Loop and River North.

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