The Equality Illinois PAC has proudly endorsed Lori Lightfoot for Chicago Mayor, the state's LGBTQ political action committee announced on Thursday. The Equality Illinois PAC is dedicated to defending and securing the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer ( LGBTQ ) Illinoisans.

 

In a statement, Equality Illinois PAC Chair John Litchfield said, "She is blazing an historic trail as the first openly LGBTQ person to run for chief executive of the Windy City. At a time when the Trump Administration is attacking the rights of LGBTQ people, we have the opportunity to keep Chicago moving forward. We believe Lori Lightfoot is the right candidate for the job."

 

Lightfoot was among the first candidates to challenge incumbent Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who has since announced he won’t seek a third term. An attorney and the former president of the Chicago Police Board, her platform prioritizes public safety/gun violence, neighborhood schools, and neighborhood investment. Chicago’s nonpartisan election is scheduled for February 26 with a top-two runoff on April 2.

 

"We also know how important representation in the halls of power is for LGBTQ people," added Brian C. Johnson, CEO of Equality Illinois. "None of America's three largest cities has elected an openly LGBTQ person to be mayor. Yet, we know that when LGBTQ people are seated at tables of power, they are able to share their stories and contribute to policies that affirm our lives. We can make history in Chicago, and show that representation matters at the highest level of municipal government."

 

Lightfoot also enjoys the endorsements of Victory Fund and LPAC, among others. If elected she would be the first African American woman and the first openly LGBTQ person to serve as Mayor of Chicago.


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