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St. Clair County Democrats endorse Pritzker in governor’s race

J.B. Pritzker, left, spoke on Monday with members of the St. Clair County Democratic Central Committee, which endorsed him.
J.B. Pritzker, left, spoke on Monday with members of the St. Clair County Democratic Central Committee, which endorsed him.

Ten months before the Illinois primary election, the St. Clair County Democratic Central Committee has put its support behind J.B. Pritzker for governor.

Pritzker, a Chicago billionaire, is one of several people running for the Democratic nomination. The field includes Chicago businessman Chris Kennedy, Chicago Alderman Ameya Pawar, Madison County Regional Superintendent Bob Daiber, and State Sen. Daniel Biss, of Evanston.

“I am thrilled to have the support of Democrats across the state of Illinois, and St. Clair County is critical to Democrats’ chances of winning the governor’s race,” Pritzker said. “As governor, I will work to unify people to pass a budget, restore our social safety net, and stand up for working families. Unlike Bruce Rauner, I know pitting Illinoisans against each other won’t help us solve our state’s big problems. I’m ready to fight for all of our people, in every corner of Illinois.”

Pritzker met with the central committee members Monday afternoon, including local party chairman Bob Sprague. The meeting included St. Clair County Sheriff Rick Watson, Coroner Calvin Dye, Sr., County Board members Roy Mosley, Jr., Bob Allen, Marty Crawford and Jerry Dinges, County Clerk Tom Holbrook, State’s Attorney Brendan Kelly, County Recorder Mike Costello, County Treasurer Charles Suarez, State Rep. Jay Hoffman, St. Clair County Manager of Payroll and Personnel and Insurance Frank Bergman, and attorney and former congressional candidate C.J. Baricevic.

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The St. Clair County Democratic Central Committee on Monday endorsed J.B. Pritzker for governor. Local party chairman Bob Sprague said, (Pritzker) is the right candidate to take on Bruce Rauner to create jobs, protect workers’ rights and fix the budget mess.” Provided photo

“We met with J.B. and discussed his vision for Illinois,” Sprague said. “He’s the right candidate to take on Bruce Rauner to create jobs, protect workers’ rights and fix the budget mess. We will support J.B. every step of the way in order to take back our state.”

The endorsement follows a day that included metro-east visits to Cahokia District 187, as well as with retired steelworkers and members of Local Laborers 100 in East St. Louis.

The primary election is March 20, 2018.

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