Bishop Larry D. Trotter and Bishop Horace Smith led more than 1,000 pastors from across Cook County who traveled to Chicago to formally announce their endorsement of Alderman Pat Dowell to replace outgoing Congressman Bobby Rush. In January 2022, Representative Rush announced his retirement from Congress after 30 years of service.
Over the past four months, many of these ministers have taken the time to research and meet with the majority of the twenty candidates who have filed petitions to be elected in the June 28, 2022 Democratic primary election. But after many meditations and collective assessments, the diverse group of clergy leaders chose Dowell because of his experience, fundraising ability, accomplishments and name recognition.
“Given Rep. Rush’s abrupt announcement to retire, it was clear that the election would become a sprint to June 28, rather than one long campaign. Which means the best candidate is one who must have credible name recognition, a fundraising apparatus, a track record of accomplishments, and a strong base of support. Alderman Dowell is the only candidate with these collective qualities. She is clearly the best candidate. said Bishop Claude Porter, Senior Pastor of Proviso MB Church in Maywood.
Bishop Larry D. Trotter adds, “Alderman Dowell was the main catalyst for the revival of Bronzeville. She has a keen sense of how economic development can affect the very momentum of any community. She’s a coalition builder we desperately need in Congress.
After hearing Congressman Rush’s announcement, Alderman Dowell immediately suspended his campaign for Illinois Secretary of State and launched his campaign for Congress. She’s had the added bonus of campaigning statewide over the past year, including that of the 1st Congressional District. She was alderman of the 3rd arrondissement and member of the committee for more than two decades. The neighborhood is located deep in the heart of the 1st Congressional District.
“Pat Dowell was a councilor for our church for over twenty years. Although she always responded to the needs of our congregation, it was her honesty and integrity that impressed me the most. At a time when there is so much political apathy and skepticism, it is very refreshing to know that there are leaders with great credibility and integrity like Pat Dowell. I fully support her for Congress. Say Dr. Horace Smith of the Church of the Apostolic Faith.
Pastor Michael Eaddy of Peoples Harvest Church adds, “It’s just time for Pat Dowell to go to Congress.
“I am grateful, honored and blessed to receive this endorsement. I know all too well the enormous impact of the black church and its role in our communities. said Alderman Dowell.
“Dowell adds: “There is still a lot of work to do on this path to victory. Having the blessings, support and full approval of these religious leaders gives us the spiritual boost we need to conquer our goal. My faith is strong and my passion for this office is great.
Labor supports stud
In addition to the clergy, she also earned important work endorsements
Recently, SEIU Local 1 endorsed Pat Dowell for Illinois’ 1st Congressional District. SEIU Local 1—representing more than 3,500 Illinois working families in the 1st Congressional District—supports candidates who have demonstrated a strong commitment to fighting for economic, racial, immigrant, and environmental justice for working families in our state. .
“Dowell has a proven track record of supporting issues critical to working families. As former alderwoman for Ward 3, Dowell improved the lives of Chicago workers by guaranteeing paid sick days, raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour and ensuring that city contracts be awarded to strong unions,” said SEIU Local 1 President Genie Kastrup. “We look forward to continuing to work with her in the fight for a fair economy that works for everyone.”
“I am touched by the approval of the families of workers in SEIU Local 1. I proudly stand with our brothers and sisters at SEIU and all union workers. In Congress, I will continue, as I did on the Chicago City Council, to be a strong advocate for workers’ rights. Justice for the people is one of my deepest convictions. This belief will guide me in Congress. Thank you SEIU members for trusting me,” Ald said. Pat Dowell, candidate for the Democratic nomination for the 1st congressional district of Illinois.
Local 1 of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) represents nearly 50,000 workers in six states and 11 cities in the Midwest.
In addition to SEIU Local 1, SEIU Local 73 has endorsed Pat Dowell as the U.S. Representative. SEIU Local 73 represents more than 5,600 frontline essential workers in the district.
“We are proud to endorse Pat Dowell for Congress. She is a proven and trusted leader and longtime public servant,” said SEIU Local 73 President Dian Palmer. 3rd Ward Chicago, we have worked closely with Pat to ensure that our members, and communities, receive the dignity and respect they deserve.
“As a former social worker, I know firsthand the important work that SEIU Local 73 does to ensure that people who work for municipalities, social service organizations and other community-funded positions state are valued and rewarded,” Dowell said.
“At City Council, I have focused on economic growth in the communities longest denied, and in particular jobs that help create generational wealth. SEIU Local 73 has been a fantastic partner in securing good jobs that not only allow people to make ends meet, but also to retire with dignity. I look forward to continuing to partner with them in this work while I am in Congress. We share a vision that by coming together in union, we can create a more just and humane society,” Dowell continued.
Pat Dowell has extensive experience in urban planning, community development and civic engagement. She was elected alderman in 2007 and currently chairs the city council’s budget committee. As alderman, Dowell worked to increase the number and strength of small businesses and expand economic opportunity for all. Prior to being elected to city council, Dowell served as a social worker, a director of several large and small nonprofits, and a college professor. She also served as city planner and deputy commissioner for neighborhood planning under former Chicago mayors Harold Washington, Eugene Sawyer and Richard Daley. Aldus. Dowell was one of the main architects of the Bronzeville Restoration Plan, which won the Burnham Prize.
Once elected to Congress, Dowell will be the first woman to represent IL-01.
SEIU Local 73 represents more than 31,000 workers, primarily in public service and state-funded positions in school districts, municipalities, social service agencies, and many other job classifications in the Illinois and Indiana. We are committed to improving the lives of workers and their families.