• Erin Hegarty
    SEP 13, 2022

    Ald. Ariel Reboyras won’t seek reelection next year, ending 20 years as 30th Ward alderman

    Ald. Ariel Reboyras (30) during a City Council meeting. [Don Vincent/The Daily Line]

    Ald. Ariel Reboyras (30) is hanging up his hat as alderman at the end of his term and won’t seek reelection next year.

    Reboyras announced his retirement in an emailed statement Tuesday morning saying “now is the time for me to regain my position as your neighbor and community activist.”

    “I am excited about this next chapter in my life. At the end of the day, family comes first. I am proud of my record, and what we have done together as a community for the 30th Ward these past two decades,” Reboyras said in the emailed statement.

    Reboyras chairs the City Council Committee on Immigrant and Refugee Rights and is a member of the City Council Latino Caucus.

    The 30th Ward alderman got his start in city government driving trucks and working his way up to become Deputy Commissioner of the Department of General Services.

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    Reboyras was first elected to his 30th Ward seat in 2003 after Ald. Mike Wojcik left the City Council for a job at the CTA. Reboyras has chaired various council committees, including public safety under former Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

    While he wasn’t initially given a leadership role under Mayor Lori Lightfoot, the mayor in July 2019 created a new Special Legislative Committee on the Census and announced Reboyras would be at the helm of the committee.

    Reboyras glided to a reelection win in 2011 in a four-way race, beating out challengers Stella Nicpon, Doug Cannon and Chester Hornowski. He didn’t face any challengers in 2015.

    But in 2019, Jessica Gutierrez, daughter of former U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Chicago), forced Reboyras into a runoff.

    Reboyras claimed victory in the tight April 2019 runoff election with 51.9 percent of the vote, compared to Gutierrez’s 48.1 percent. At his victory party, Reboyras was overheard on a phone call thanking Ald. Ed Burke (14), saying "You are my papi...Always will be."

    Gutierrez launched another campaign for 30th Ward alderman on Saturday.

    Related: Jessica Gutierrez announces another challenge to Reboyras in 30th Ward, plus a look at 6th Ward candidates

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