Cicero President Candidate Juan Ochoa released the following statement on Monday, January 7, upon learning that Town President Larry Dominick’s challenge to Lizveth Mendez’s candidacy had been successful, and that Mendez will be removed from the ballot in the February 26, 2013, election:
“Lizveth Mendez’s candidacy for town president was driven by the same factors that motivate mine – a strong commitment to the community of Cicero, and a deep-seated belief that the people of Cicero deserve honest, effective leadership. I hope Lizveth continues to work for change in Cicero. In the meantime, I’ll continue to take on the Dominick regime head on, and fight for an agenda of fair and efficient government in Cicero.”
Ochoa is the former Chief Executive Officer for McCormick Place and Navy Pier, North America’s largest convention center and the Midwest’s top tourist and entertainment destination. A former Marine, Ochoa is a veteran of Operation Desert Storm. He is a father of three and lives in Cicero with his wife, Alma.
With Mendez’s departure from the race, Ochoa is now the only Latino candidate in the race. Cicero’s population is 87 percent Latino