The Chicago Defender takes great pride in delivering news stories that affect our communities and neighborhoods. In 2020, we must make our voices heard on Election Day. Here are the list of candidates the Chicago Defender have endorsed during the 2020 election taking place Tuesday, March 17, 2020.
Joe Biden, US President
The Chicago Defender endorses Joe Biden in the Democratic Primary for President of the United States. We endorse Biden because we believe he will unify the Democratic Party under the common goal of defeating Trump in November. Biden would protect the Affordable Care Act, reinstate protections for immigrants, tackle education, and improve our reputation around the world.
Bobby L. Rush, US Representative 1st District
The Chicago Defender endorses Bobby L. Rush in the Democratic Primary for US Representative, 1st District. The former Black Panther and Chairman of the House Subcommittee on energy has a proven record of accomplishment of fighting for our community. Whether it is education, jobs, gun control, healthcare, energy, or getting the Emmett Till Anti-Lynching Act (HR 35 signed into law, we believe Bobby Rush is committed to helping those in his District.
Robin Kelly, US Representative 2nd District
The Chicago Defender endorses Robin Kelly in the Democratic Primary for US Representative 2nd District. She was instrumental in passing the Background Checks Act to reduce gun violence.
Danny K. Davis, US Representative 7th District
The Chicago Defender endorses Danny K. Davis, US Representative, 7th District. He has served his District working on issues such as jobs, affordable healthcare, and education. He remains committed to an agenda promoting African American equity.
Thaddeus Jones, State Representative 29th District
The Chicago Defender endorses Thaddeus Jones in the Democratic primary for State Representative, 29th District. His top priorities include rebuilding the Balmoral racetrack, increasing economic development in his District, enacting stiffer gun laws, and strengthen schools. He also sponsored the Tamara Clayton Act, which requires IDOT to install cameras on expressways to decrease shootings and assist police in capturing those who endanger lives.
Mary E. Flowers, State Representative 31st District
The Chicago Defender endorses, Mary E. Flowers in the democratic primary for State Representative, 31st District. She has championed universal health care for all and an increased minimum wage.
Kim Foxx, Cook County State’s Attorney, the Chicago Defender endorses Kim Foxx in the Democratic Primary for Cook County State’s Attorney. After the state legalized recreational marijuana, she expunged thousands of low-level convictions. She has employed the use of alternative prosecution programs for non-violent offenders. We believe her to be fair and effective in enforcing the law.
Kimberly Neely DuBuclet, Commissioner Metropolitan Water Reclamation District & Deyon Dean, Commissioner Metropolitan Water Reclamation District
The Chicago Defender endorses Kimberly Neely DuBuclet and Deyon Dean in the Democratic Primary for Commissioner of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District. Kimberly Neely Duclet plans to implement its Green Infrastructure plan to control flooding. Deyon Dean intends to fight for clean water, clean the Cal-Sag Channel, and fix broken infrastructure.
Mattie Hunter, Committee person 20th Ward
The Chicago Defender endorses Mattie Hunter in the Democratic Primary for Committee person for the 20th Ward. She recently introduced a measure that protects those who wear dreadlocks, braids and other hairstyles from being discriminated against.
Vote on Election Day — Tuesday, March 17, 2020
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