Representing more than 100,000 parishoners throughout the Chicagoland area, nearly two dozen pastors announced Monday they’ve endorsed Cheryle Jackson for U.S. Senate.
Representing more than 100,000 parishoners throughout the Chicagoland area, nearly two dozen pastors announced Monday they’ve endorsed Cheryle Jackson for U.S. Senate. “There are still many problems that are approaching our people: jobs, education, taking care of our children, health care, women’s issues. The combination of those issues makes her our candidate. She represents our interest better than the other three,” the Rev. Albert Tyson said at a news conference at Apostolic Church of God on the South Side. Jackson took a leave earlier this year from her post as president of the Chicago Urban League to run for the seat vacated by President Barack Obama. “She’s been visible in our communities and her entire life has been indicative of the fact she has apparent concern for our people. When I say our people, I mean those people who need a voice and need to know someone’s interested in their particular concerns,” Tyson added, stressing the clergy’s endorsement was not about race, but about the best candidate to represent the people of Illinois in Washington, D.C. Jackson said she’s often asked if her message and platform expands beyond the city. No matter what part of the state you’re in, the same issues exist, she said. “Whether you’re in Rockford or Carbondale, people are hurting. They’re losing their jobs, businesses, homes, can’t afford health care. They have education issues. Illinois needs a senator that understands everyday people’s problems, what’s keeping them awake at night. Their issues are my strength. I’m excited to take my passion in advocacy to the next level for all of Illinois,” Jackson said after expressing her gratitude for the group’s stamp of approval. Other Democrats vying for the seat are Illinois Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias, former Inspector General for the city David Hoffman and attorney Jacob Meister. Copyright 2009 Chicago Defender