Rick Garcia for Commissioner

A Civil Rights Activist

A Civil Rights Activist

October, 18 2021.

Chicago—Long- time LGBTQ and Human Rights activist Rick Garcia has announced he is running for the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District and has asked Governor JB Pritzker to appoint him to the seat being vacated by Debra Shore.

“I have spent my life working for human rights and the betterment of our communities,” said Garcia.  “There is no more basic human right than clean water.”

“I have been working with a campaign team for months preparing for this race,” he said. “With Debra Shore, a member of the LGBTQ community, leaving I feel even more compelled to running. Representation matters.”

“I will be a strong advocate to protect the quality of our lakes, rivers and streams”, Garcia said. “I am especially concerned about storm water and flooding in Cook County. I am committed to working with local officials and the best technologies to mitigate the problem.”

Rick is a renowned civil rights activist and a champion in LGBTQ civil rights advocacy including “Marriage Equality”. Rick was inducted in the City of Chicago Gay & Lesbian Hall of Fame in 1999. The founder of “Equality Illinois”, which under Rick’s direction became one of the most successful LGBTQ rights organizations in the country.

Led successful efforts to pass the Illinois Equal Marriage Act, Illinois Human Rights Act, City of Chicago and Cook County Domestic Partnership Ordinances, City of Chicago Human Relations Ordinance. Participated in efforts to pass strong anti-discrimination ordinances in 13 Illinois cities. Worked with various governmental bodies and businesses to implement policies protecting lesbian, gay and trans people.

Rick Garcia For Commissioner of the Metroplitan Water Reclamation District