We endorse candidates that believe in the mission of IADO and support the causes that we stand for, as an organization. Over the years, IADO has endorsed candidates in securing public office. The strength of our endorsement lies with the enthusiasm and commitment that our members bring to the political campaigns of candidates endorsed by IADO. 

IADO has Endorsed
Jesus “Chuy” Garcia
as Chicago’s Next Mayor


The Indo American Democratic Organization (IADO) has endorsed Jesus “Chuy” Garcia in his runoff race against Rahm Emanuel for mayor of the City of Chicago tomorrow, April 7th.

“As an organization, we are behind Commissioner Garcia because of his commitment to stand up for working families as they are the people who continue to make this city great,” said IADO President Ram Villivalam. “Mr. Garcia’s vision of lessening the financial burden on people who can afford it the least corresponds with what made it possible for South Asian Americans to achieve the American Dream. I urge everyone to takethe initiative to cast their votes in this runoff election,” said Villivalam.

Garcia’s vision for the city includes violence reduction through more effective community policing, and greater support for public schools, including a democratically-elected school board that will be responsive to people in the neighborhoods.

Garcia, a former Chicago Alderman, Cook County Commissioner, and Illinois Senator has spent the past 30 years in public service.

Garcia, a longtime resident of Chicago and a true advocate for immigrant workers believes in his vision of a Chicago that works for everyone. His integrity and longtime commitment to progressive politics and community organizing is exactly what the city needs to address its myriad challenges.

Please extend your vote and/or support to Commissioner Garcia leading up to and on April 7th. For more information on his vision and plans for the City of Chicago, go to www.chicagoforchuy.com


Other Municipal Election Information!

 IADO endorsed eight candidates for Alderman in the City of Chicago. Here were the results of their candidacies:

  • Alderman Leslie Hairston (5th Ward) won with more than 52% of the vote
  • Alderman Scott Waguespack (32nd Ward) won with 79% of the vote
  • Ray Lopez, Candidate for Alderman of the 15th Ward, moved to the runoff with more than 47% of the vote, nearly winning outright. Support him with your vote or by donating time or a contribution at www.electlopez.com.
  • Omar Aquino, Candidate for Alderman of the 36th Ward, moved to the runoff with more than 35% of the vote. Support him with your vote or by donating time or a contribution at www.omaraquino.com.
  • Caroline Vickrey, Candidate for Alderman of the 43rd Ward, moved to the runoff with more than 35% of the vote. Support her with your vote or by donating time or a contribution at www.carolinefor43.com.
  • A BIG THANK YOU to Shajan Kuriakose, Anne Shaw, and Bob Galhotra, our Asian Candidates who ran for Alderman of the 50th, 1st, and 29th Wards respectively. Stepping up and running for office takes sacrifice, hard work, and courage. Though they were not successful in this election, they represented to the Asian Community’s voice extremely well and continued to push IADO’s mission, to engage South Asian Americans in the political process from voting to running for office, forward.