On June 11, 2022 the Chicago Crusader endorsed three candidates early to ensure the community was aware of the editorial board’s position in those key races as early voting began. The three candidates were Richard Boykin as the Democratic nominee for Cook County Board President, candidate for Secretary of State David Moore and U.S. Representative – 7th District Danny K. Davis. We enthusiastically endorse them and encourage you to vote for them.
Tuesday, June 28th is Primary Election Day. As is our custom we urge all our readers to go out and exercise one of their most precious gifts – the right to vote. Since we have already elaborated on the three candidates we endorsed three weeks ago they will not be listed again with the following candidates.
The Crusader has decided to highlight the following candidates for your consideration.
U.S. Representative, 1st District
When U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush announced his decision to retire after 30 years, he created a frenzy for his seat with 21 candidates filing petitions to run. The First Congressional District, now encompasses several south side communities, some south suburban communities, and the edge of Kankakee.
With so many candidates the Crusader decided to focus on the candidates we believe have the best potential to win and let the voters decide. This does not diminish in any way the other candidates or their position on the major issues – they were all impressive. However, the reality is that the Democratic votes will be split between so many candidates we must trust in God to make the final decision.
The Crusader recommends the following candidates for your consideration in the 1st District race for U.S. Representative in alphabetical order:
State Senator Jacqueline Collins has received endorsements from more than 30 State Senators and Representatives. Collins has served as Senator since 2003. She currently represents a state Senate district stretching from the western suburbs through South Side neighborhoods like Ashburn, Auburn Gresham and Greater Grand Crossing.
If elected Jacqui says she will work to close the racial wealth gap by making business and home ownership more acessible to Black and Brown communities, protect hardworking families from the predatory practices of financial institutions and advocate for commonsense gun laws so people feel safe in every home, school, and neighborhood.
3rd Ward Alderman Pat Dowell has recently received numerous endorsements including strong support from ministers and is leading in funding based on public records. She has proven herself to be a problem solver that her constituents trust because they have continued to re-elect her. If elected to Congress she will be a strong advocate for economic development, transportation infrastructure, civil rights voting rights as well as immigration, human rights, healthcare, supporting youth, government service and foreign policy and public safety. Pat Dowell says she is ready to deliver on day one!
Although Jonathan Jackson is the son of civil rights icon Jesse Jackson Sr., he can stand on his own merit as a champion for the rights of people. It is evident in the endorsements he has received from organizations like the Chicago Teachers Union, the Amalgamated Transit Union, or the United Steelworkers to name a few. He has fought for justice alongside his father for 40 years. In Congress, he would be very familiar with the issues and the needs of people.
State Senator, 16th District – La’Mont Raymond Williams:
The Chicago Crusader endorses La’Mont Raymond Williams for State Senator in the 16th District because he has the experience, qualifications, and commitment to community and public service. Williams is no newcomer to the legislative process as Chief of Staff to Cook County Commissioner Bill Lowry, where he serves as his general counselor and his policy and legislative coordinator. His legal experience began seven years before working for the Commissioner as an associate attorney at Nyham Bambrick Kinsie & Lowry, P.C. It includes a focus on federal, state, and local governmental issues, worker’s compensation defense and civil litigation. Williams not only received the endorsement of the incumbent State Senator Jacqueline Collins and Secretary of State Jesse White, but also several other State Senators, Cook County Commissioners Bill Lowry, the SEIU State Council, CTU, and numerous other organizations.
State Representative, 29th District – Thaddeus Jones:
Mayor Thaddeus M. Jones is seeking his seventh term as State Representative of the 29th Legislative District. Jones has been working double duty for several years now. In addition to being a State Representative, he is currently the Mayor of Calumet City in Chicago’s south suburbs. He has managed these responsibilities admirably, which is why the Chicago Crusader endorses Mayor Thaddeus M. Jones.
Jones represents portions of Calumet City, Dolton, Burnham, Ford Heights, Lansing, Lynwood, Glenwood, Thornton, and South Holland, as well as areas of Harvey and the 9th Ward of Chicago, which includes all of Roseland and Altgeld Garden Communities. Jones has demonstrated his commitment to his constituents in the legislation he has proposed to ensure equitable employment opportunities, housing, safety, and education in Springfield.
They include sponsoring legislation on firearm violations, HIV/AIDS treatment, grants to fund after-school programs and a South Suburban trauma center fund. Over the summer of 2020, Jones invited state officials to meet with south suburban mayors about their desire to create the Metra Southeast Service Line and other projects centered on creating jobs and economic development in the region.
Thaddeus graduated from Bloom Trail High School and received his bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Loyola University. Thaddeus recently graduated from Loyola University Chicago School of Law with his Juris Doctorate.
State Representative, 27th District – Justin Slaughter:
Representative Justin Slaughter is the incumbent in the race for the 27 District. The Chicago Crusader newspaper commends him for being the sponsor of legislation that recognizes the needs of his constituents. Many of the committees he is assigned to consider legislation that impacts working families and people in economically challenged communities. We encourage you to reelect Justin Slaughter to the 27th District seat.
Slaughter is currently assigned to the Judiciary – Criminal (Chairperson); Appropriations-Higher Education; Public Utilities; State Government Administration (Vice-Chairperson); International Trade & Commerce; Procurement Subcommitee; Water Subcommittee; Criminal Administration and Enforce (Sub-Chairperson); Firearms and Firearm Safety Subcomm (Sub-Chairperson); Juvenile Justice and System Involve (Sub-Chairperson); Sex Offenses and Sex Offender Reg. (Sub-Chairperson); Sentencing, Penalties and Criminal (Sub-Chairperson); Operations.
State Representative, 6th District – Sonya Marie Harper:
State Representative Sonya Marie Harper has earned the endorsement of the Chicago Crusader by her service to the community as evident in the legislation she has authored and supported since being elected. Harper has been in office since October 2015 and has not slowed down. She fights for the interests of working families to improve fundamental necessities such as housing, education, health, childcare, and economic equity. This is probably why Harper received the June 28th Democratic Primary endorsement of the SEIU Illinois State Council, which represents over 170,000 janitors, security officers, healthcare and home care workers, and public employees.
In March 2021, Harper joined other elected officials in developing a plan in response to the initial announcement that Mercy Hospital was closing. Today Insight Hospital and Medical Center addresses the needs of the Bronzeville community in Chicago.
State Representative, 25th District – Curtis Tarver II:
To the best of his ability, 25th District Representative Curtis Tarver II keeps his promise to his constituents. When Tarver was elected for his first term he promised to focus on education, economic development, and work to reduce recidivism among returning citizens. The bills he subsequently sponsored or supported were evidence of his honesty, integrity and commitment. Representative Tarver was met with many challenges including some from his Democratic Party but he kept his promise to his community. Tarver most assuredly gets the Chicago Crusader endorsement.
Metropolitan Water Reclamation District Commisioners, 6 Year Term – Mariyana T Spyrpoulos Yumeka Brown Frank Avila:
The Chicago Crusader Newspaper endorses the following three commissioners for 6-year terms at the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District. The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District represents over 5 million residents. Commissioners Mariyana T. Spyrpoulos and Frank Avila are both incumbents, who have done a fine job as commissioners protecting and providing for our waterways. Candidate for commissioner Yumeka Brown comes from the Southland with a strong governance background and education. Brown will ensure a well-rounded representation of Cook County at the MWRD board.
Commissioner Chakena Perry is also an incumbent for another 2-year term at the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District. She was appointed by JB Pritzker to the Board of Commissioners to fill the 2-year vacancy. At that time she was the youngest MWRD commissioner and youngest elected official in the county. As an advocate for environmental justice, her goal is to effect policy and the development of infrastructure to assist communities in combating environmental challenges.
Commissioner Perry is qualified with a Master of Arts in Public Policy from the University of Chicago and several years of experience working at MWRD prior to being appointed by the governor. We encourage you to vote for Commissioner Chakena Perry.