Congressman Jesús “Chuy” García, Progressives Back Giannoulias for Secretary of State
U.S. Representative Jesús “Chuy” García and the 22nd Ward Independent Political Organization (IPO) officially endorsed Democrat Alexi Giannoulias today as the party’s nominee for Illinois Secretary of State in 2022.
“Alexi represents a new generation of progressive leaders in the Democratic Party and has proven himself as someone who will stand up and fight for progressive values,” Congressman García said. “Having worked closely with Alexi on several issues that have been important to working families and our communities, I know he positions Democrats with the best chance to win this critical seat.”
In addition to García’s support, Giannoulias was also endorsed by 22nd Ward Alderperson and Committeeperson Michael D. Rodriguez, President of 22nd Ward IPO Vanessa Uribe and State Representative Edgar Gonzalez Jr. (D-21st District). In addition, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (MWRD) Commissioner Eira L. Corral Sepúlveda also announced her support.
“Alexi is a progressive ally in our shared struggle for progress, justice, opportunity and equality who will deliver real results for all Illinois residents,” President Uribe said. “The 22nd Ward IPO is proud to throw its support behind Alexi and looks forward to working alongside him to create good-paying jobs and opportunity for those who need it most.”
“Alexi stands for diversity and inclusion and is a passionate advocate for progressive causes and policies aimed at correcting the inequities that are the reason why many Illinoisans are struggling right now,” Alderperson Rodriguez said. “He is a passionate advocate for real change and fairness and will make sure that Springfield works for all people and communities.”
“Of all of the candidates running, Alexi demonstrates the clearest vision for an inclusive, effective, and efficient office,” said State Representative Gonzalez. “From modernizing the office to improving safety on our roadways and from implementing ethics reforms and enhancing business services for small and minority-owned businesses, Alexi will build on Secretary of State White’s legacy.”
“As we emerge from the pandemic, it’s important that we elect public officials who will champion policies that focus on our communities,” said Commissioner Sepúlveda. “Alexi’s platform centers on restoring trust in government and fighting for causes that provide a framework for equitable recovery and renewal.”
Giannoulias served as Illinois State Treasurer from 2007 to 2011. Current Secretary of State Jesse White has indicated that he intends not to seek re-election in 2022, creating the open seat.
“I’m honored to have the support of the heart and soul of the State’s progressive wing and the leaders of the progressive movement because they speak truth to power and advocate for Illinois families and community investment,” Giannoulias said. “Their message is resonating among those who want to restore fairness, justice and true democracy to government. I’m proud to stand alongside them and the members of 22nd Ward IPO who are leading the charge for working people in Illinois.”
Along with today’s announcement of support, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) State Council, representing more than 150,000 Illinois workers in health care, property services and the public sector, endorsed Giannoulias last month.
The Giannoulias campaign also announced recent endorsements from Chicago leaders that include: Alderperson Anthony Beale (9th); Alderperson George Cardenas (12th); Alderperson Felix Cardona (31st); Committeewoman Angee Gonzalez Rodriguez (26th); Alderperson Brian Hopkins (2nd); Alderperson Ariel Reboyras (30th); Alderperson Harry Osterman (48th); Committeewoman Carol Ronen (48th); Alderperson Silvana Tabares (23rd); and Alderperson Tom Tunney (44th).
Earlier in May, the Southern Illinois Democratic County Chairs’ Association, representing 22 downstate counties, voted to endorse Giannoulias.
Giannoulias has also received the endorsement of two locals of the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) International Union, Local 881, which boasts 34,000 members, and Local 1546, which includes 20,000 members, earlier this year. In addition, 14 locals representing more than 10,000 workers from International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) have endorsed Giannoulias’ bid.