Last week, at the annual Illinois Democratic County Chairs’ association brunch, over three-thousand Democrats gathered in Springfield to kickoff the campaign season. After hearing from Illinois’ Democratic party leaders including, Senate President John Cullerton, Sen. Dick Durbin, and candidates for governor and lieutenant governor, JB Pritzker and Juliana Stratton, the event’s keynote speaker was Pete Buttigieg, Mayor of South Bend, Indiana.
Buttigieg was first elected the Mayor of South Bend in 2011, when he was just 29 years old. He has received national attention when President Barack Obama named him one of four Democrats who represented the future of the Democratic party and when he ran for Democratic National Committee chair in 2017.
In his unifying speech, Buttigieg called for Democrats to contest every race up and down the ballot and to mobilize and energize voters across the state. His rhetoric and story underscore of the importance of strong Democratic leaders representing rural regions and political districts that are traditionally conservative.
This year, there are seven candidates for state senate from Illinois’ heartland. From Rock Island, to Bunker Hill and all the way down to Cairo, there are strong Democrats on the ballot to represent every region of Illinois. In 2018, Democrats are building a movement, as they challenge leadership they feel has failed them and are unafraid to oppose Republicans, even in some of the state’s most conservative districts.
Together, Democrats know that we can build change anywhere.
Candidates in the Illinois Heartland committee:
Gregg Johnson – 36th District
David Simpson – 45th District
Sen. Andy Manar – 48th District
Brian Stout – 54th District
Rachelle Crowe – 56th District
Christopher Belt – 57th District
Steve Webb – 59th District
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