Rudy Lozano

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Rudy Lozano (July 17, 1951 – June 8, 1983) was an American activist and community organizer in Chicago, Illinois. He was born in Harlingen, Texas. In 1982 Lozano entered the race for alderman of the 22nd Ward in the city's 1983 elections, in an attempt to be the first Mexican-American elected to the Chicago City Council.[1]

Lozano was known for bringing Latino voters across the city to support candidate Harold Washington, who became Chicago's first African-American mayor.[2]

On June 8, 1983, Lozano was shot to death by a local gang member in his home in Pilsen, Chicago, aged 32. Lozano's campaign manager in the 1983 election, Chuy García, went on to win a 1986 special election for the 22nd Ward.

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  1. Fremon, David (1988). Chicago politics, ward by ward. Indiana University Press.