Interview with Cuauhtémoc Morfín Candidate for State Representative of the 2nd District
Photo courtesy of Cuauhutemoc Morfin Facebook
Cuauhtémoc Morfín has been a resident of the Pilsen neighborhood for over 30 years. He attended Benito Juarez High School and graduated from Northern Illinois University in 1996 where he received a degree in Political Science and a minor in Spanish Literature.
After graduation he became a Legal Judicial Spanish Interpreter for the Cook County Court System and later a Juvenile Probation Officer for Cook County Juvenile Probation Department. During this time, Morfín kept his involvement in the Pilsen community, opening a fitness and nutrition center in the neighborhood and becoming a community representative for the Local School Council at Benito Juarez High School.
Last year, he ran for alderman of the 25th Ward against Ald. Danny Solis. A supporter of the Chicago Clean Power Ordinance, Morfín forced a runoff in the elections, however, he ultimately lost the seat to Solis.
Morfín is currently the vice president of Morfín Construction and Vice President of the United Merchants of Pilsen Chamber of Commerce and is running for state representative of the 2nd district against incumbent Edward Acevedo and candidate Josip Trutin.
Prior to running for state representative, you were running for alderman of the 25th ward, why did you decide to now run for state representative?
The incumbent, Edward Acevedo, has passed and backed pro Latino legislations, such as the DREAM Act fund and advocated for driver’s license certificates for immigrants.
Considering these incumbent’s actions, why do you find it necessary to run against him?
As state representative it’s important to be involved in the community and understand the needs of the people. What experience do you have in the community and how do you think that will help with administering your duties as state representative?
When you were running for alderman, you were a supporter of the Clean Power Ordinance and it got a lot of people excited bringing support to your campaign. But now for a district that includes a broader area, what’s your platform and what are the most crucial issues that you see at the state level?
As a former juvenile probation officer, it would be safe to say that you are well aware of the issues affecting the youth in our communities. How will you use your role as state representative to decrease crime and implement strategies to keep youth off the streets?
What do you think of our educational system? Do you support charter schools and think they are helping bridge the existing educational gap among school districts?
What is your plan to strengthen the economy and bring back jobs to your district?