SOUTH LOOP — Sen. Bernie Sanders on Wednesday will be the first presidential candidate to open a campaign office in Chicago, and former mayoral contender Jesus "Chuy" Garcia is expected to help him celebrate.
The office will open at 5 p.m. Wednesday on the second floor of a building at 600 W. Roosevelt Road, the Sanders campaign said. Though Sanders himself won't be there, Garcia will be.
Garcia will speak with Sanders supporters about "plans to provide universal health care, raise the minimum wage, enact meaningful criminal justice reform and fight a rigged economy held up by a corrupt campaign finance system," the Vermont senator's campaign said in a release.
Sanders endorsed Garcia during his unsuccessful run against Mayor Rahm Emanuel last year. Garcia's office did not immediately return messages seeking comment.
The event will occur the same day Sanders' rival candidate, Hillary Clinton, is scheduled to speak in Bronzeville. The Clinton campaign did not return messages seeking comment. The Sanders campaign office here is opening less than a month before the Illinois primary election March 15.
Sanders handily won the New Hampshire primary caucus earlier this month, but narrowly lost to Clinton earlier in the Iowa Caucus. Both are running for the Democratic party's nomination to succeed President Barack Obama next year.
Sanders' team encouraged supporters to meet campaign staff at the opening, and volunteers will make phone calls on behalf of the campaign following the event. Guests are encouraged to RSVP for Wednesday's event.
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