Sun-Times: "Legislative Race to Watch"

The 26-year-old with the prematurely graying hair is ... casting the otherwise low-profile state representative race as a chance for Chicago progressives to strike a rare blow against “Democratic Machine politics”— in the persons of the powerful assessor and the daughter he installed to replace him in the legislature in 2003.

The result, I expect, will be a high-stakes battle the likes of which we rarely see in a legislative race in the city, where Democratic seats are safe and competition for incumbents is always scarce.


Guzzardi said the contest should be viewed as a referendum on the Chicago political establishment.

“It’s much more important for the sake of the progressive movement in Chicago. We can take on the most powerful political families in Chicago, and we don’t have to sell out to do it,” he said.

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