Why I will cast my vote for JB Pritzker
I was elected President of the IDCCA in 2015 on a platform based on my personal commitment to take back the Governor’s office in 2018. I have worked tirelessly to achieve that goal. A year ago, I asked the 102 Democratic County Chairs of our statewide organization to be patient and to wait before endorsing, to allow for a formal vetting to take place. It was important that we get to know our candidates and for them to get to know us. The candidates need to see what the counties across Illinois look like and to feel the pain that has been inflicted upon our residents by this Alt Right Republican administration. I believe we have now seen enough.
I have spent a great deal of time with many of the candidates. I’ve watched them interact with the public, studies their positions and reviewed their preparations to become our next Governor.
Only JB Pritzker has demonstrated all the following attributes that will help him WIN:
- Temperament: JB is even tempered and does his homework. He comes prepared every day and he is in his element while campaigning. I describe him as “A Happy Warrior for the People.”
- Strong Message: JB shares our core values of a financially strong Illinois, healthcare for all and standing up against social injustices. JB has a record of standing up for workers, women, people of color, LGBTQ, immigrants, disabled, the young and the old.
- Broad Based Support: JB has share his progressive vision of empowerment and independence and it is being embraced across our state.
- Organizational Growth: JB has built out a campaign infrastructure that will withstand the test of a race that already has national attention and national implications.
It is important, as the primary approaches, that people who identify themselves as Democrats know who their leadership believes will give us the best opportunity to get our state back on track. We must restore Illinois to the shining example of economic opportunity and financial stability it once enjoyed.
While other candidates are to be commended for stepping forward, only JB Pritzker has generated the excitement around a progressive message. He has intensely engaged our common opponent and demonstrated the ability to mount the comprehensive statewide campaign that will be required to win. It is for these reasons that I will enthusiastically cast my vote, and ask others to do the same, for JB Pritzker for Governor.