Democrat Jesus “Chuy” Garcia, the Cook County Commissioner anointed last year by Luis Gutierrez to replace him as U.S. Congressman in the 4th District, was an easy winner over his Republican opponent, Riverside resident Mark Lorch, on Nov. 6.
Garcia unofficially won 86.5 percent of the vote in the district while Lorch, who did not run an aggressive campaign, managed to garner 13.5 percent of the vote in the 4th District.
The 4th Congressional District includes all but the western end of North Riverside, all but the southern tip of Riverside and virtually all of Brookfield north of Southview Avenue.
It also includes large areas of Chicago’s northwest and southwest sides, which have large Latino populations.
While Garcia trounced Lorch in the city of Chicago – getting 90 percent of the vote there – Lorch fared better in suburban Cook County, particularly close to home.
In Brookfield, Lorch garnered 30.5 percent of the vote, while taking home 37.5 percent in North Riverside and 37 percent in his hometown of Riverside.
Lorch outperformed his overall Riverside showing in his home precinct, getting 42 percent of the vote in Riverside Township Precinct 9.
Garcia will be a freshman congressman when he is sworn in. He replaces longtime U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez, who announced his retirement from Congress last year after serving as the district’s representative in the U.S. House since 1993.
There had been some speculation that Gutierrez had his sights on running for mayor of Chicago, but he stated publicly in September that he would not throw his hat in the ring.
Gutierrez at that time suggested Garcia might run for mayor, but Garcia has since ruled out such a run.
Davis wins 11th term in 7th District
In the 7th Congressional District, which includes two precincts in North Riverside west of 13th Avenue and roughly one block of Proviso Township Precinct 63 in far northwestern Brookfield, incumbent Democrat Danny Davis won his 11th term in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Davis, a former Chicago alderman and Cook County commissioner, outdistanced Republican Craig Cameron in a landslide. Unofficially, Davis won 87.7 percent of the vote to Cameron’s 12.3 percent.
The 28 voters who cast ballots in the 7th District’s precinct in Brookfield, gave Davis 53.6 percent of the vote. In North Riverside, Davis received 74 percent to Cameron’s 26 percent.