U.S. Marine – Gilbert Villegas Collects Signatures for 36th Ward

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Gilbert Villegas filed nominating petitions last week for the aldermanic race in Chicago’s 36th Ward Nick Sposato; current Alderman of the 36th Ward will be running in the newly redistricted 38th Ward and has announced his endorsement of Villegas.

“I feel that an Alderman is elected to be the voice of a people that elected them. When I see the challenges we face with our youth and how vulnerable our seniors are, I realize that we need an Alderman who is on duty 24 hours. As a Marine I know what it means to serve 24 hours, our residents deserve no less,” said Gilbert Villegas. “I am also very concerned about our veteran population, I strongly feel that all elected officials should come together to ensure that we are taking care of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.”

A U.S. Marine, Villegas served during Operations Desert Shield/ Desert Storm. His responsibilities included coordination of logistics and deployment of equipments needed for daily operations during Desert Shield/Desert Storm. Villegas was honorably discharged after serving his country for four years, during which time he received numerous awards and honors. Villegas recently spearheaded the efforts behind the passage of two Illinois Senate bills (SB 351 and SB 3249), ensuring minority and women owned businesses have a principal opportunity to participate on state funded projects. These two bills account for approximately $3-6 billion dollars in contracting opportunities for minority and women owned businesses.

“I’m proud to endorse Gilbert to take over as 36th Ward Alderman. These communities need a leader who will stand up for strong neighborhood schools, more police to keep our streets safe, and an increase in the minimum wage,” said Ald. Sposato. “Gilbert Villegas is the leader who can carry those efforts forward as Alderman.”

The new 36th Ward boundaries include Montclare, Galewood, Schorsch Village, Hermosa and Belmont-Cragin. Villegas is a long time resident of the Northwest side and lives in the Montclare neighborhood. www.gilbert2015.com

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