Pritzker reportedly appointing Chakena Perry to Shore’s MWRD seat

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Pritzker reportedly appointing Chakena Perry to Shore’s MWRD seat


2022-01-05


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Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker is reportedly appointing Chakena Perry to the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (MWRD) seat vacated by Debra Shore, who recently was named regional administrator of the U.S. EPA, according to the Buzz section of the Politico Illinois Playbook.

Perry—the wife of Pritzker’s deputy political director, Christian Perry—is a former chair of the Cook County Young Democrats, has worked on political campaigns, was a press secretary for Chicago Public Schools and works in the office of MWRD Commissioner Josina Morita.

Perry was running to represent the 32nd District in the Illinois state House. She was challenging Rep. Cyril Nichols, who beat her for an appointment to that job last year after former Rep. Andre Thapedi stepped down. So Perry’s move to MWRD helps House Speaker Emanuel “Chris” Welch in the Democratic primary.

At least two LGBTQ+ people vied for the spot that Shore (also a member of the community) left.

Longtime LGBTQ+-rights activist Rick Garcia made a plea to Pritzker. Also, prominent local trans figure Precious Brady-Davis, the associate regional communications director for the grassroots environmental movement Sierra Club, announced her candidacy.

To read Windy City Times’ recent interview with Shore, visit www.windycitytimes.com/lgbt/Debra-Shore-reflects-on-new-role-in-EPA-past-accomplishments/72008.html .


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