For Immediate Release

April 4, 2023

Press contact: William Fitzgerald,, 650-772-1236

Action Center on Race and the Economy Welcomes Brandon Johnson’s Mayoral Victory

Chicago, Illinois: The Action Center on Race and the Economy (ACRE) welcomes Brandon Johnson as the new mayor of Chicago. Johnson’s victory is a testament to the power of the people of Chicago, who have chosen a leader that prioritizes the needs of working people over the interests of the elite.

“We believe that the people of Chicago have spoken loudly and clearly in this election, voting for a candidate who supports unions, higher taxes on corporations, and a vision of public safety that is not solely dependent on law enforcement. Mayor Johnson’s commitment to economic justice and racial equity makes him the ideal candidate to lead Chicago into a brighter, more inclusive future.” said Saqib Bhatti, ACRE co-executive director and author of the recently released “Passing The Buck” – How Vallas’s Toxic Deals Wreaked Havoc on Chicago and Philadelphia Public Schools“, a report revealing the devastating legacy Mayoral candidate Paul Vallas had on Chicago schools. Bhatti continued: “The message to Democrats nationally is clear: Back progressive candidates. Don’t be scared. Policies and messaging that improve the lives of working people clearly resonate across the political spectrum.”