State Sen. Mike Noland (D-Elgin) has earned the endorsement of the Northwest Suburban Teachers' Union Local 1211 in the race for the Democratic nomination in Illinois' 8th congressional district.
"Teachers, educators, and parents need Mike Noland in Congress," Northwest Suburban Teachers' Union President John Braglia said in a statement announcing the endorsement on Wednesday. "Senator Noland has worked hard in the Illinois Senate to provide more funding to public schools and protect teachers pensions. He has the vision, experience, and progressive values we need to create better schools in communities large and small."
Noland said he was proud to have the union's support.
"I am a product of public schools and I know the importance that teachers play in the lives of young people, everyday," he said. "We need to make sure that quality public schools are readily available to every family in the Eighth District. When I go to Washington I will continue to advocate for teachers, students, and all of those that rely on quality public schools."
Noland is vying to fill the seat being vacated by Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth, a Democrat who is running for U.S. Senate in 2016.
Other declared candidates in the race for the Democratic nomination in Illinois' 8th congressional district include Villa Park's Village President Deborah Bullwinkel and Raja Krishnamoorthi, Schaumburg resident and president of Sivananthan Labs and Episolar, Inc.
Streamwood resident and disability rights attorney Andrew Straw is running on the Republican side.