State Sen. Sara Feigenholtz endorsed Yoni Pizer in the Democratic primary election for the House seat she held for 24 years, calling Pizer "the best candidate to represent the diverse needs of the 12th District."
Pizer, an openly gay activist, was sworn Feb. 10 into his new post as the 12th District state House representative, temporarily succeeding Feigenholtz, as she became state senator before finishing her term as represenative. He is one of four gay men ( and five total candidates ) running in the March 17 primary for a two-year term as 12th District representative.
In endorsing Pizer, Feigenholtz said in a statement, "Yoni has a history of working with community groups and leaders and has been a lifelong partner in fighting for justice and shares our common values. We have fought alongside each other in the spirit of advocacy for a long time. Yoni is my friend, with a track record spanning many years and has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to all I have fought for as your representative.
"In the years that I have served, I realize how representation matters. Yoni is an openly gay Jewish person who moved to Lakeview with his husband and raised two sons right here in our neighborhood because he felt safe and at home. He is emblematic of the diversity of this district. At a time when hate crimes and antisemitism are on the rise, we need leaders like Yoni fighting for our community in Springfield."