Joy Garratt and Joe Chavez know what they are up against on their quests for a seat in the state Senate.
Their far West Side district, Senate District 23, is about equally split between Democrats and Republicans, but one of them will face eight-year incumbent Republican Sander Rue.
“People tell me I’m crazy, because Sander Rue has been there for eight years, but it’s time for a change. People need change, and I’m in the race for the people and the community,” said Chavez, a retired police officer turned high school sports coach. “I want to know what’s going on.”
Garratt, a longtime public educator, echoes that, adding that Rue ran unopposed in both the primary and general elections in his most recent election in 2012.