HUMBOLDT PARK — Popular Chicago DJ and producer Julian “Jumpin” Perez has entered the race for alderman of the 26th District, signaling a possible challenge for Ald. Roberto Maldonado, who has held the seat for more than a decade.

Perez filed a D-1 declaration of organization for “Friends of Julian Perez” on Tuesday, describing his campaign committee’s intent as “to support Julian Perez’s candidacy for alderman of the 26th Ward for the City of Chicago, Illinois.”

The contact indicated as chair and treasurer of the campaign committee confirmed by SMS to The daily line On Wednesday, the 26th arrondissement’s alderman hope is regional DJ Julian “Jumpin” Perez. Illinois State Board of Elections documents show the committee was created on April 5.

In his Biography TwitterPerez is described as “one of the most recognized and respected DJs in the Chicagoland area. Heard by millions on 104.3 Jams, B96, KISS FM, WBMX, WGCI, V103.

Perez did not immediately respond to requests for comment Thursday.

Aldus. Ariel Reboyras (30th) filed at least two measures honoring Perez for his work as a DJ. A resolution (R2018-908) who passed in 2018 sent congratulations to Perez “on his 25th anniversary as a DJ/mixmaster at Chicago radio” and a draft order (O2021-2850) seeks to refer to 6100 to 6300 West Fullerton Avenue as “Julian ‘Jumpin’ Perez Way”. The proposed honorary street designation remains with the City Council’s Transport and Public Roads Committee.

Perez also founded the Julian Jumpin Perez Foundation in 2019 to help him “fulfill his dream of giving back to the communities that have supported and loved him throughout his career,” according to the foundation’s website. According to Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul’s Charitable Trust Database Search, Perez’s foundation had $1,890 in assets at the end of 2020.

Perez, who is Cuban, made headlines in 2019 for poking fun at Mexican immigrants from the stage at Festival Cubano. He asked the crowd, “What’s the best way to get Mexicans running?” and followed by “say ICE”. The remark left many in attendance and other Chicago Latinos in disbelief. Organizers of the My House Music Festival in Pilsen, home to a large Mexican population, removed Perez from their lineup following the incident. He then apologized.

The next municipal election for mayor and aldermen is scheduled for February 28, 2023. All 50 members of the municipal council are eligible for re-election.

Maldonado has served as a city councilor since 2009, when he was nominated by Mayor Richard M. Daley to fill the incumbent Ald’s seat. Billy Ocasio.

Maldonado defeated his challengers in the 2011, 2015 and 2019 elections.

Maldonado narrowly avoided a runoff in 2019, winning 50.6% of the vote against challengers Theresa Siaw and David Herrera. Siaw came closest to Maldonado with 28.2% of the vote.

In 2020, Maldonado lost his Democratic 26th Ward committee member seat to Angee Gonzalez Rodriguez, potentially signaling a challenge in future elections.

Maldonado has so far pushed back on speculation that he does not plan to run for office in 2023 and was unavailable for comment on Thursday.

Maldonado listed his $2.4 million Humboldt Park home for sale last month, further fueling speculation that he does not plan to run again. But he denied the rumor in an interview with Block Club, saying he wanted to do more in the 26th arrondissement, including increasing the number of affordable housing units in the area.

The real estate listing also highlighted the murky relationship between Maldonado’s personal real estate dealings and his political policies. Maldonado has long pushed for anti-gentrification legislation to curb gentrification along the 606 Bloomingdale’s Trail, but he now plans to take advantage of the trail – for the second time.

Recent campaign finance records show Maldonado started the second quarter of this year with $23,608.20 on hand in his “Citizens for Maldonado” campaign coffer and $56,468.01 in his “26th Ward Democratic” account. Organization”, which was created to support his work as a committee member. he no longer plays that role.

In the first three months of the year, “Citizens for Maldonado” received $6,250 in donations, including $2,500 from the Chicago Teachers Union Political Action Committee. The CTU PAC donated another $2,500 to Maldonado’s campaign on April 13, records show.

Maldonado’s 26th Ward Democratic Organization fund brought in $61,250 in donations from January to March, with the largest donations of $5,000 each coming from architect Juan Moreno and investment banking firm Icon Capital Group Inc. Moreno is the architect of Humboldt Park Health’s new 45,500 square. – a foot fitness center to be built at 2933 W. Division St. in the 26th arrondissement.

Newly announced mayoral candidate Willie Wilson also donated $3,000 to Maldonado’s committee member’s campaign coffer in February.

In the first three months of this year, Maldonado spent $6,000 on “consulting” and more than $7,200 on “social media management,” records show.

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