* You don’t often see congressional candidates roll out initial endorsement lists which are this extensive, let alone a first time Illinois House candidate…
Today, Margaret Croke announced the endorsements of IUOE Local 399, Commissioner Bridget Gainer, 24th Ward Alderman Michael Scott Jr., and City Clerk of Chicago Anna Valencia. Croke also received the endorsement of community leaders Bernard Cherkasov, former CEO of Equality Illinois, Deputy Governor and former Illinois Comptroller Dan Hynes, former Ambassador Bruce Heyman and Vicki Heyman, former Ambassador Wally Brewster and Bob Satawake, and Anne Caprara. Margaret is running to succeed State Representative Sara Feigenholtz in Illinois House District 12.
City Clerk of Chicago, Anna Valencia praised Margaret’s entrance into the race saying, “I personally know Margaret from her many years organizing and advocating for women and working families in Illinois. Margaret works tirelessly to stand up for our values and create opportunity for our community, our generation, women, and working families.”
Cook County Commissioner Bridget Gainer added, “Margaret is a champion for women and creating economic opportunity. Margaret represents the next generation of leaders for our community. We need her voice and the voice of her generation at the policy-making table.”
Margaret Croke said, “I am honored to have the support of Local 399 and leaders of my community. Their support is a testament to the work I have done as a public servant, where I have been a champion for creating economic opportunity, women, the LGBTQ+ community, and animal welfare. As a millennial, I know the challenges my generation faces and as a State Representative, I will fight to create economic opportunity for my community and I will be an advocate for women and working families.”
About Margaret Croke: Margaret Croke is a native of Illinois and a dedicated public servant. Margaret previously worked for Cook County Commissioner Bridget Gainer, the City of Chicago and Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. She was the lead organizer for the inaugural Young Feminist Conference. Most recently, Margaret worked on Governor JB Pritzker’s campaign, serving as the statewide Women’s Outreach Director. She is currently the Deputy Chief of Staff for the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. Margaret lives in Old Town with her husband, Patrick, and her two rescue dogs Winston and Charlie. Margaret and Patrick are expecting their first child in January.
It’s not noted in the release, but Anne Caprara, of course, is the governor’s chief of staff.
Rep. Feigenholtz filed to run again, but she’s hoping to be appointed to the Senate after Senate President John Cullerton steps down. Five other Democrats filed to run. Croke is fourth on the ballot.