(Chicago, IL) — December 18, 2009. Democratic state representative candidate Ann Williams has reeled in a key endorsement from State Rep. Sara Feigenholtz (D-Chicago) for the 11th district House seat being vacated by John Fritchey on Chicago’s north side.
“[Ann Williams] has the experience, smarts, and tenacity to push for solutions that make a real difference in the lives of the people she represents, even when those solutions aren’t popular with the Springfield power-brokers,” said Feigenholtz, hugely popular in her lakefront district which lies adjacent to Fritchey’s.
Feigenholtz broadly expanded her political profile after an unsuccessful run for Rahm Emanuel‘s congressional seat earlier this year–without sacrificing her popularity–making the veteran lawmaker’s nod a valuable boost to Williams.
In addition to Feigenholtz, Williams has also won the backing of other top Democratic lawmakers. 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.
In addition to Currie and Lang, Williams has also won 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.
Williams, who last week snagged the endorsement of the Illinois AFL-CIO, is a key 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).
Farley has been endorsed by Cook County Commissioner Forrest Claypoll, and he is also backed by powerful 47th Ward Alderman and Committeeman Eugene Shulter.
William’s growing backing by local area Democrats officials is causing heartburn among the male members of Schulter’s organization–and that heartburn is making itself known–which is only emboldening Williams’ female supporters. Schulter’s guys need to take a “Tums“.
Scott Tucker is seeking the Republican nomination.