Note: On April 4th, 2017, Rick Guzman lost the mayor’s race by a razor thin margin. Go HERE for my first reflection on that event. We are proud of this political novice who, given no chance in the beginning, came from last place, outlasted political veterans with decades of name recognition, and nearly became Aurora’s 58th mayor. Since then he has, among other things, become executive director of The Neighbor Project, winning the Emerging Leader Award from the National NeighborWorks Association in 2023. Read about, and watch a video of the awards ceremony Here, and go to his talk “Every Person’s God-Given Ability to Contribute” for the best introduction to The Neighbor Project’s work.
Rick Guzman, my eldest son, is running for Mayor of Aurora, Illinois, the state’s second largest city. Go to the GUZMAN FOR AURORA website for more, and click on the large picture below to be taken to a short VIDEO. In 80 seconds, many prominent Aurora leaders make a persuasive case for why he deserves your vote. As of this update, the video has over 20,000 views. In addition to the leaders you’ll see in the video, Guzman has also gained the endorsements of Senator Dick Durbin, Congressman Bill Foster, Labor, and the Daily Herald. Here are just three reasons why so many believe he’s by far the best choice to be Aurora’s next mayor.
♦ Development Money. Rick Guzman has brought more development money to Aurora in the last five years (over $70 million) than all other candidates combined have brought in the last dozen. Read about the millions brought in for the Aurora Arts Center and St. Charles Hospital.
♦ People Out of Poverty. He’s helped dozens of families move out of poverty through co-founding Emmanuel House. In 2016 Emmanuel House was named one of the “Top 100 Most Innovative” social change organizations in the world, and Rick was recognized as one of “the brightest minds and boldest leaders solving problems through innovation.”
♦ Leadership Style. The Daily Herald endorsement highlights his “thoughtful” style. He’s a proven leader who embodies his vision with solid accomplishments—not just rhetoric—and achieves these by being a brilliant collaborator and bridge-builder. His deep bi-partisan support includes Democrats like Mayor Tom Weisner, Senator Dick Durbin and Congressman Bill Foster, as well as Republicans like Kane County Board Chair Chris Lauzen, Judge Peter Grometer, and Supervisor Rachel Ossyra. Start with the VIDEO below, then read more endorsements Here.