Democracy For America (DFA) is putting its weight behind Will Guzzardi in the 39th district race for state rep and Josina Morita for Metropolitan Water Reclamation District Commissioner.
"Will Guzzardi and Josina Morita are standing up and fighting for progressive values," reads an announcement from Franco Caliz, DFA's Electoral Campaigns Manager, to the group's supporters. "Their campaigns have inspired local DFA members and earned the endorsement of the powerful local DFA group, Northside DFA."
The progressive organization highlighted Guzzardi's "laser focus on education, tax reform, and public safety during this campaign," adding that the former Huffington Post Chicago associate editor "understands what it means to fight income inequality and revive the middle class." This is Guzzardi's second run against State Rep. Maria "Toni" Berrios (D-Chicago). He currently works as Head Writer for the Office of College Admissions at the University of Chicago and is a community organizer in Logan Square.
The group also noted that in the competitive race for Metropolitan Water Reclamation District Commissioner, Morita "understands that water is an important resource, and will ensure that as Cook County continues to develop and improve its infrastructure, its water management programs are prioritized." The DFA endorsement also states that Morita will "fight to maintain forward-looking, sustainable waste management programs."
Morita is an urban planner who works as director of the United Congress of Community and Religious Organizations, which is a multi-ethnic group of organizations from 30 communities in Cook County. Morita also serves on the State of Illinois’ Racial Profiling and Data Oversight Board, the Asian American Employment Plan Council, and the City of Chicago’s Commission on Equity. She is also on the boards of the Woods Fund of Chicago and the Asian American Action Fund of Greater Chicago.