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Why Is Garcia Called 'Chuy'? 5 Things You May Not Know About Rahm's Rival

By DNAinfo Staff | February 25, 2015 5:22am
 Chuy Garcia is known for his mustache.
Chuy Garcia is known for his mustache.
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DOWNTOWN — Jesus "Chuy" Garcia may not be a household name in Chicago, though he's been an alderman and a Cook County commissioner.

Here are five things you may not know about the 58-year-old Little Village resident.

• Why "Chuy"? It's a common nickname for Jesus.

• What's with the mustache? Garcia told DNAinfo Chicago's Mark Konkol the facial hair dates to age 14.

“If you look closely, my mustache has a rainbow of colors that represent our city’s great diversity,” Garcia said. “Even Harold Washington didn’t have the mustache credentials I do. His was mostly black and white. He couldn’t boast having strands of brown, red and white and black in his mustache.”

• Garcia said he almost didn't run because of his wife Evelyn's multiple sclerosis. But she urged him to run.

"That's when I knew I was in trouble," he told the Reader's Steve Bogira.

• Garcia was born in north central Mexico. He came to Chicago when he was 10 years old after his father got a job in a meat-packing plant.

• In 2007, his son, Samuel Garcia, was arrested on a felony charge, accused of attacking two off-duty police officers. The son was convicted on a lesser charge, but the free use of lawyers from Mayer Brown later earned Chuy Garcia some bad publicity. The Sun-Times' Dan Mihalopoulos reported that Chuy Garcia, as a Cook County commissioner, co-sponsored a measure that gave bond work to Mayer Brown.

"I did not ask them to represent my son," the mayoral candidate told Mihalopoulos.

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