Cook Cook County Democratic committeemen have opted against endorsing in the Senate and state's attorney races, instead calling for an "open primary."
U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL,8) and former Chicago Board of Education member and Exelon exec Andrea Zopp are the top two contenders in the Democratic primary race for U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk's seat. Other possible candidates include state Sen. Napoleon Harris (D-Harvey), Cook County Commissioner Richard Boykin and immigrant rights advocate Susana Sandoval.
Zopp was pleased to hear that the committeeman decided to call for an "open primary."
When I announced my intention to run for U.S. Senate in May, many underestimated my ability to garner support. Now, just 60 days later, my campaign had its first major victory. Today, the Cook County Democratic Party voted to endorse an open primary leaving this election in the hands of voters.
From day one, I have worked tirelessly to build a grassroots coalition throughout the city, county and state. I am proud that our campaign has generated the support of hundreds of elected officials, faith-based groups and civic leaders who are standing with me and pushing to not let Washington insiders decide this election.
I am grateful to the leaders of the Cook County Democratic Party for giving me the opportunity to present my campaign for U.S. Senate and I appreciate their faith in the democratic process. This milestone is a clear sign that the Cook County Democratic Party wants to leave this decision to the voters and I look forward to continuing to take my message to the people of Illinois.
The voice of the people matters, and we will continue to build a grassroots campaign that reaches the citizens of Illinois and ensures that their voices are heard.
The committeemen also decided against endorsing in the race for Cook County state's attorney between incumbent Anita Alvarez and Kim Foxx, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle's ex-chief of staff and a former Assistant State's Attorney for Cook County and guardian ad litem with the Cook County Public Guardian's Office.
"The Democratic Party's decision not to endorse sends a clear message--that no one is entitled to reelection," said Foxx Thursday. "All the candidates in this race will have to speak directly to the voters and make the case for ourselves and our own records."
The committeemen endorsed Chicago City Clerk Susana Mendoza for Illinois comptroller and Circuit Court Clerk Dorothy Brown, while also recommending that Tom Greenhaw stay on at Metropolitan Water Reclamation District to serve out the remainder of Patrick Daley's term.