Chicago mayoral candidate Lori Lightfoot announced the endorsement of Congresswoman Robin Kelly this morning at South Shore Brew, a Black-owned business in Kelly’s congressional district. On Wednesday, Lightfoot announced the endorsement of former County Clerk David Orr. Recent polling shows Lightfoot making the runoff, or within the margin of error of making the runoff, in Tuesday’s election. The press conference was streamed live on Facebook.
“It’s a great honor to receive the endorsement of my friend, and a real champion of social justice, Congresswoman Robin Kelly,” said Lightfoot. “Robin is an incredible role model and a leader who exhibits compassion and persistence every single day. She sees the challenges in her district, knows what she’s fighting for, and unites people in one of the most diverse congressional districts in the state. Robin and I share a commitment to justice and equity for Black and Brown communities and a commitment to making sure that working families, not just wealthy families, can call Chicago home. It’s a commitment that’s deeply personal to me as I see people who look like me, from low-income families like mine, facing profound challenges to stay in our city.”
“When Lori said she was going to run for mayor, I remember giving her a high five,” said Kelly. “I was so proud of her, and I just thought it was the right thing to do. Because of Lori’s intelligence, integrity, determination, and grit—and you definitely need grit to be the mayor of Chicago—I think she will be a great mayor. She will be a great leader. She is a coalition-builder, she’s helped me with things I’ve done since I’ve been in Congress, and she’s the right person to pull the City of Chicago together. There are so many important issues coming up, and she’s the one who can deal with those issues. Her life experiences and career experiences have proven that. So, as she likes to say and I love to say, bring in the light!”