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LGBTQ Victory Fund backs gay Dem for Cook County Commissioner
From a LGBTQ Victory Fund news release
2018-06-11

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The Victory Fund, the only national Political Action Committee dedicated to electing LGBTQ people to all levels of government announced their endorsement of Democratic nominee for Cook County Commissioner Kevin B. Morrison, who is running against the chair of the Illinois Republican Party 15th District Cook County Commissioner Tim Schneider.

"We are pleased to endorse Kevin B. Morrison for Cook County Commissioner," said Mayor Annise Parker, President & CEO of LGBTQ Victory Fund. "Kevin is running a history-making race as the first openly LGBTQ person running for Cook County Commissioner — which is especially significant given he's running against Trump ally Tim Schneider. We are confident that as Cook County Commissioner, Kevin will be a strong voice for the LGBTQ community and for all his constituents."

Kevin B. Morrison will make history as the first openly LGBTQ person to serve on the Cook County board. He is running against the embattled chair of the Illinois Republican Party 15th District Cook County Commissioner Tim Schneider. Schneider is an ally of President Trump and Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner, who seek to destroy working families and the middle-class. His numerous conflicts of interests have put him at odds and out of touch with the 15th district.

"It wasn't too long ago that the LGBTQ community was unable to run as open candidates so the endorsement of the Victory Fund is of special significance to me. As many members of the LGBTQ community, growing up I was subjected to bullying and discrimination for simply being gay. Even though we have evolved as a society, our rights are constantly under attack by Republicans like my opponent and President Trump," said Kevin B. Morrison. "I stand proud of my community and honor the work of the Victory Fund and those who paved the road so I can proudly run as an openly gay man."

About Kevin B. Morrison:

Kevin B. Morrison has dedicated his life to organizing communities for better representation and services, while also devoting many years to his family and their small business. With Cook County at a crossroads, he decided to run for Commissioner to ensure its residents have a strong voice representing the 15th District. Running against the Chair of Illinois' Republican Party, he looks forward to bringing inclusive and bold leadership to the district. Raised in Elk Grove Village, Kevin attended Link, Mead, and Conant High School. He went on to graduate from DePaul University, studying Political Science, Environmental Science, and LGQ Studies. When elected, Kevin would become the first openly LGBT and youngest Commissioner to the Cook County Board.

Endorsements:

Morrison has also been endorsed by Run for Something, Citizen Action Illinois, Personal PAC, Chicago NOW PAC, Northside DFA, Northwest Suburban Teachers Union Local 1211, United Food and Commercial Workers ( UFCW ), SEIU Illinois State Council, AFSCME Illinois Council 31, Chicago Laborers' District Council ( LiUNA ), Elgin Association of Firefighters IAFF Local 439, IBEW Local 134, International Union of Operating Engineers Local 150 and Local 399 ( IUOE ), Teamsters Joint Council, Teamsters Local 700 and Local 727, Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters, Cement Masons and Plasterers Local 502, Mechanics Local 701, Transport Workers Union Local 512 ( TWU ), Equality Illinois PAC, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, Central Committeeman Mike Cudzik, Committeemen Ted Mason, Mark Walker, Steve Caramelli, State Representatives Rob Martwick, Marty Moylan, and Greg Harris, State Senators Cristina Castro, Laura Murphy, Omar Aquino, and John G Mulroe, Cook County Recorder of Deeds Karen Yarbrough, MWRD Commissioner Debra Shore, Elgin Township Supervisor Franklin Ramirez, and the Elk Grove Township Democrats.


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