Chicago and Suburban Democratic Party Leaders Endorse Giannoulias for Secretary of State
CHICAGO, IL – Alexi Giannoulias earned the support of the Cook County Democratic Party today, marking another key endorsement in his bid for Illinois Secretary of State.
The endorsement from the party’s slating committee consisted of Democratic Committeepersons from each of Chicago’s 50 wards and 30 suburban Cook County townships – areas where voters will play a pivotal role in determining the party’s statewide nominee.
Together, these endorsements solidify Giannoulias’ spot as an early frontrunner in the race prior to the June 28 primary election.
“Democratic leaders sent a loud and clear message today by overwhelmingly voting to endorse Alexi Giannoulias as the party’s choice for Illinois Secretary of State,” said Cook County Circuit Clerk and 33rd Ward Committeeperson Iris Martinez. “Alexi’s bold vision and innovative plans to modernize the office, improve how it delivers services and enhance the customer experience services makes him the right choice to lead the Secretary of State’s office well into the future.”
“Alexi has a proven track record of getting the job done and will continue Jesse White’s legacy,” said Calvin Jordan, Rich Township Supervisor, Democratic Committeeman and First Vice-Chair of the Cook County Democratic Party. “His passion for fighting on behalf of working people in Illinois will ensure that the Secretary of State’s office remains a Democrat seat.”
“These diverse Democratic voices – which include a wide array of progressives and moderates – are indicative of the broad-based coalition of support that we’ve received from across the state,” said Giannoulias, the former State Treasurer. “I’m proud that these Democratic leaders of Cook County have endorsed our campaign, and I look forward to working with them and fighting for what’s important for working families in the city, suburbs and throughout Illinois.”
Giannoulias also received the endorsement of the Southern Illinois Democratic County Chairs’ Association, which represents 22 counties downstate, earlier this year and has picked up support from Democratic leaders from throughout the state, including from elected officials, organized labor and political groups.