Illinois Speaker Welch releases official Democratic Party endorsements

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Illinois Speaker Welch releases official Democratic Party endorsements

By Ray Hanania

Illinois Speaker of the House Emanuel “Chris” Welch released recommended endorsements for the Democratic Primary election June 28, 2022.

The endorsements list the top Democratic candidates but leaves it up to voters to select their choices in two contested races. Those two contested races include candidates running for Illinois Secretary of State and for Cook County Assessor.

The race for Illinois Secretary of State is wide open although Alexi Giannoulias has a commanding lead over his two rivals Anna Valencia and David Moore.

In the race for Cook County Assessor, the candidates include the incumbent, Fritz Kaegi, who has been criticized for mishandling improvements in the office, and challenger Kari Steele.

Official Democratic Endorsements in the June 28, 2022 Primary election in IllinoisOfficial Democratic Endorsements in the June 28, 2022 Primary election in Illinois

 

It’s not uncommon for endorsements to allow voters to decide in some races so the Speaker’s list is not surprising.

 

It does confirm the divisions that exist in the party, what some observers might call an “openness” allowing contested races like Secretary of State and County Assessor to be left to the voters.

Giannoulias was elected at age 30 as the youngest person to ever hold the Illinois Treasurer’s office. Giannoulias is the favored candidate.

Alexi Giannoulias, former Illinois state treasurer and candidate for Illinois Secretary of StateAlexi Giannoulias, former Illinois state treasurer and candidate for Illinois Secretary of State
Alexi Giannoulias, former Illinois state treasurer and candidate for Illinois Secretary of State

 

Steele is currently serving her second six-year term at the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago(MWRD). She currently serves as President of the MWRD.  Steele is the favored candidate.

Speaker Welch’s endorsements carry heavily in the new state Democratic organization and party.

MWRD President and candidate for Cook County Assessor Keri SteeleMWRD President and candidate for Cook County Assessor Keri Steele
MWRD President and candidate for Cook County Assessor Kari Steele

 

Two endorsements for Judge in the 4th SubCircuit District also have note, Nick Kantas and ShawnTe Raines Welch, the Speaker’s wife, both deemed highly qualified by Illinois many Bar Associations.

Ray Hanania is an award-winning columnist, author & former Chicago City Hall reporter (1977-1992). A veteran who served during the Vietnam War and the recipient of four SPJ Peter Lisagor Awards for column writing, Hanania writes weekly opinion columns on mainstream American & Chicagoland topics for the Southwest News-Herald, Des Plaines Valley News, the Regional News, The Reporter Newspapers, and Suburban Chicagoland.  

Hanania also writes about Middle East issues for the Arab News, and The Arab Daily News criticizing government policies in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Hanania was named “Best Ethnic American Columnist” by the New America Media in November 2007, and is the 2009 recipient of the SPJ National Sigma Delta Chi Award for column writing.

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