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Walz ends campaign to replace Sara Feigenholtz

Wednesday, Feb 12, 2020

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* 12th House District Democratic candidate Kim Walz didn’t get the appointment to former Rep. Sara Feigenholtz’s seat, Mayor Lightfoot has endorsed the person who was appointed (Yoni Pizer) and organized labor is with Margaret Croke. Walz ended the year with just $15.5K in the bank and has reported raising just $7K since then. Press release…

We started this campaign with a mission, a goal, not only to win this primary race, but to raise awareness about issues that I hold dear; mental health awareness and treatment, access to quality health care for all Illinoisians, and fixing the broken finances of this state.

I am sad to end my campaign for State Representative today.

The race is no longer about issues or experience, it’s about powerful allies and their money. It is not a reality that I am happy about. However, it is a reality.

And I can not in good faith keep asking my friends, supporters, and family to contribute time and money to a campaign where the deck is stacked against me.

This race has never been about politics to me, it’s personal. My parents taught me it’s not about “me,” it’s about “we.”

To the brave woman outside the synagogue who shared with me that she struggled to find a mental health provider who would accept Medicaid. When she did find one, they couldn’t see her for four months so she had to commit herself to get care– I heard you, and I’ll never stop fighting for you.

To the gentleman at a community meeting who told me they are moving his elderly father into their home and struggling to find ways to help him age in place in a state with dwindling senior resources – I heard you, and I’ll never stop fighting for you.

To the 5-year-old girl outside a school waiting for her big sister who told me she needs me to fight against guns – I heard you, and I’ll never stop fighting for you. I might be leaving this race, but I am not leaving the fight.

Thank you to the elected officials and organizations who bravely endorsed me and advocated for me. Thank you, also, to the volunteers who have supported me, woke up at dawn to shake hands at bus stops, knocked on doors in the snow, or donated to my campaign. I hope that the issues I have championed during this race will continue to be a part of the discussion on the campaign trail with the remaining candidates. I urge you all to stay involved and I look forward to continuing to support my community and making Illinois a better for all residents.

You haven’t seen the last of me.

…Adding… From candidate Margaret Croke…

Kim is a respected and tireless advocate for this community. As the only other woman in this race, her voice will be greatly missed. She raised the bar during our conversations on the campaign trail around the issues and challenges facing our district and state, and I thank her for that.

- Posted by Rich Miller        

7 Comments »
  1. - low level - Thursday, Feb 13, 20 @ 8:22 am:

    A real shame as Kim is one of the best. She’s been working in that community long before many of the other candidates showed up.


  2. - low level - Thursday, Feb 13, 20 @ 8:26 am:

    *one clarification, Rich: she didn’t get the appointment but she did not seek it either. She was in favor of a temporary placeholder.


  3. - Upset Voter - Thursday, Feb 13, 20 @ 8:43 am:

    Really a shame how the political class has deprived the voters..Cullerton quitting mid-term with little notice, the appointment of one candidate a month before the election, and the unions backing another candidate in a largely affluent district where union membership is low. I haven’t decided who I’m voting for, but unimpressed by the experiences of the leading candidates.


  4. - true progressive leadership - Thursday, Feb 13, 20 @ 11:37 am:

    Croke has an ad calling herself the “the next generation of progressive leadership for our state” … but she took a campaign contribution from Reince Priebus LOL.


  5. - Rich Miller - Thursday, Feb 13, 20 @ 1:17 pm:

    ===but she took a campaign contribution from Reince Priebus LOL===

    She took a contribution from Michael Best Strategies, which lobbies in Illinois, doofus.


  6. - Shytown - Thursday, Feb 13, 20 @ 3:47 pm:

    Walz has been in this space a very long time. If she couldn’t build a winning coalition after all that time working in the district then that’s on her.


  7. - low level - Thursday, Feb 13, 20 @ 5:47 pm:

    So it will be the Mayor’s candidate vs the Governor’s candidate. That ought to be something.


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