(Chicago, IL) — December 3, 2009. Democratic state representative candidate Ann Williams has scored a major political boost for her campaign to win the 11th district House seat being vacated by John Fritchey on Chicago’s north side.
House Majority Leader Barbara Flynn Currie (D-Chicago) and Deputy Majority Leader Lou Lang (D-Skokie)–the number two and three leaders respectively in the Illinois House–have endorsed Williams’ candidacy.
“Ann Williams knows how the state legislature works, she knows most current lawmakers, and she knows her voters, “said Lang, who is also the Executive Vice President of the Cook County Democratic Party. “She has knocked on more than 1,500 doors in the district and she knows the number one issue is–jobs.”
In addition to Currie and Lang, Williams has also snagged the support of State Rep. Jack Franks (D-Woodstock), State Rep. Karen May (D-Highland Park), State Rep. Elaine Nekritz (D-Northbrook), State Senator Susan Garrett (D-Lake Forest), State Senator Linda Holmes (D-Aurora), and State Senator Jeff Schoenberg (D-Evanston).
Williams, an attorney and a state government lobbyist, is a former staffer to House Speaker Michael Madigan (D-Chicago) and to Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan.
The high-profile endorsements make Williams a powerful contender in the Democratic primary whose other candidates include civil rights attorney Ed Mullen and former Cook County assistant state’s attorney Dan Farley, son of former State Senator Bruce Farley (D-Chicago), who has been endorsed by Cook County Commissioner Forrest Claypoll and backed by powerful 47th Ward Alderman Eugene Shulter.
Scott Tucker is seeking the Republican nomination.
Williams is holding a kick-off fund-raiser at John Barleycorn, 658 W. Belden in Chicago tonight, Thursday, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.