U.S. Rep Luis Gutierrez is instructing an exploratory committee to meet within the next few days to consider his running for the Chicago Mayors office that Richard Daley announced he would vacate in February. Gutierrez confirmed his interest in a statement released by his Washington office on Tuesday evening. “In the coming days, I will talk with my family and meet with my supporters and make a decision about my political future,” he said in the statement.
Gutierrez was a Chicago alderman prior to him running for Congress in 1991. Gutierrez represents a district in Congress that is predominantly Puerto Rican ( Logan Square and Humboldt Park) and Mexican American. ( Pilsen and Little Village).
One other possible Latino candidate is Manny Flores, the chairman of the Illinois Commerce Commission and former alderman of the First Ward. Flores, who once worked for Gutierrez, told the Chicago News Cooperative that he’s considering a mayoral bid.