CHICAGO–The following statement was released by SEIU Healthcare Illinois President Gregory Kelley regarding the Primary Election night victory of Brandon Johnson to represent the Democratic Party in the November race for 1st District Cook County Commissioner:
“We are happy that the residents of Cook County’s 1st district will be represented by Brandon Johnson on the Democratic ticket this November for the Board of Commissioners. His victory is a rejection of austerity politics and a vote for expanded services and good union jobs.
“Brandon Johnson is a proven champion of working families because he is one of us–from his time as a social studies teacher to his active role in fighting to keep schools open in black and brown neighborhoods. We endorsed Brandon Johnson because the 1st district needs someone who has a track record of fighting for better schools, jobs, and healthcare while still making it to his children’s little league practice on time.
“We believe that Brandon Johnson is the best choice for the Cook County’s 1st District Commissioner because he will represent the people, not corporate lobbyists or the 1 percent. SEIU Healthcare Illinois Indiana Missouri Kansas is excited to work with Brandon through November and to have him as our Cook County Commissioner in the 1st district.”