BUFFALO GROVE, IL — A freshman township supervisor’s campaign to replace retiring 59th District State Representative Carol Sente (D-Vernon Hills) picked up endorsements from a major union and one of his former opponents in the race this week.
Vernon Township Supervisor Daniel Didech had already been endorsed by Sente and state Sen. Terry Link (D-Waukegan) in the Democratic primary.
On Monday, Buffalo Grove resident and Willowbrook police officer Tim Kobler withdrew from the race. He released a news release endorsing Didech the following day.
“Daniel has shown me that he is a passionate fighter for the issues that I care about – safe communities, quality public schools, commonsense reforms for a more honest government, real tax relief for the middle class and protecting working people,” Kobler said. He pledged to work with Didech during the campaign and if he is elected in November.
Didech said he was “humbled” by the endorsement and said he would look to Kobler for advice as he worked on issues like “enacting commonsense gun laws, addressing the heroin and opioid epidemic in Illinois and ensuring that law enforcement is equipped with the resources needed to protect our families.”
The first-term township supervisor and municipal attorney was elected in April 2017 with more than 60 percent of the vote.
On Thursday, Didech announced his endorsement by the Illinois AFL-CIO. The 900,000-member union endorsed exclusively Democratic candidates, with one exception. Its political committee endorsed incumbent Terri Bryant (R-Murphysboro) in the downstate 115th District.
“We’re proud to support Daniel for state representative because he understands the issues that face middle-class working families and will work to ensure their voices are heard,” said Luis Rivas, 10th Congressional District AFL-CIO political chair, in a news release. “Daniel knows the value of making sure every resident has the opportunity to receive a fair wage and will be a strong representative for working families.”
Didech said he opposes “right-to-work” zones and what he described as the governor’s efforts to weaken unions.
“In recent years, the middle-class and labor organizations have been unfairly targeted by Bruce Rauner and out of touch politicians who want to slash wages and reduce safety standards,” Didech said. “We need to put Springfield back on track by supporting the middle-class and securing everyone’s opportunity to earn a livable wage.”
Former Buffalo Grove Mayor Elliot Hartstein considered running but decided to sit it out. Last November, he issed a blistering critique of machine politics, calling Didech as the candidate “anointed” by Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan and endorsing his opponent Malter.
The 59th Illinois House district includes parts of Buffalo Grove, Deerfield, Lake Bluff, Lake Forest, Lincolnshire, Mettawa, Mundelein, Park City, Riverwoods, Vernon Hills, Waukegan and Wheeling.
On the Republican side, Lincolnshire trustee and realtor Karen Feldman faces former Rep. Robert Dold political director and University of Illinois senior Marko Sukovic, also of Lincolnshire, in the March 20 primary.
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