Chicago alderman drops out of race to replace Rep Gutierrez

CHICAGO (AP) — Another Chicago alderman vying for the Democratic nomination to replace U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez has dropped out of the race.

Proco “Joe” Moreno has withdrawn from the March 20 primary, leaving four Democrats in the race. Moreno says he’ll focus on concerns of constituents in his ward, including affordable housing and public safety.

Earlier this month, Alderman Carlos Ramirez-Rosa dropped out of the running.

The remaining candidates running in the largely Hispanic and Democratic district include Gutierrez’s endorsed candidate, Cook County Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia, Alderman Raymond Lopez, community activist Sol Flores and veteran police officer Richard Gonzalez.

Gutierrez announced last year that he wouldn’t seek re-election after 13 terms in office.