January 9, 2018

Friends and supporters:

I want you to know that I have made the difficult decision to step out of the Democratic primary for Congress in Illinois’ Fourth Congressional District.

This was not an easy decision, but after spending the last week discussing with family, friends, supporters, and leaders in the progressive movement, I have come to the conclusion that this is the best course of action not just for me, but for the vitally important movement we continue to build every day.

I am truly humbled by the outpouring of support from progressive activists, and individuals involved in the Democratic Socialists of America, Reclaim Chicago, and United Neighbors of the Thirty-Fifth Ward.

I know that our best work is accomplished when we are unified, and that our work is greater than any one particular election.

In the coming days and weeks, I will be reaching out about some of the many critically important Democratic primaries ahead of us. I know that we will put the same passion and commitment behind these races that we have shown in the past and will continue long in to the future.

Your leadership continues to give me the strength and hope for a more just future, and the strong movement necessary to deliver it.

I thank you for everything you've done to work with me through this point, and for the great victories I know we will achieve together for many years to come.

In solidarity and in movement,

Carlos Ramirez-Rosa

p.s. - I have endorsed my good friend and longtime progressive champion Jesus ‘Chuy’ Garcia in the Fourth Congressional District. I hope you will join me in ensuring we have strong progressive leadership in this district at such a vital time in this country, when so many of our critical concerns are at stake.