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Openly Gay Millennial Defeats Illinois GOP Chair; Flips Republican Commissioner District
2018-11-07

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Statement from Kevin B. Morrison who made history today by becoming the first openly LGBTQ and youngest to serve on the Cook County Board. Kevin defeated the Illinois GOP Chair 15th District Cook County Commissioner Tim Schneider by an eight-point margin.

Our win tonight was bigger than just adding another Democratic seat to the County Board. This win was for the people of the 15th District who are hungry for true representation and are in need of a voice on the County Board.

Defeating the head of the Illinois Republican Party sends a much larger message: Trump, his allies, and those that stand against American values of equality, inclusion, and peace, are now on notice. We are coming for them. Our win tonight proves that when Democrats, including this 28-year old, gay, grandchild of Italian immigrants, stand up and fight together, we win.

Today's win was only possible because of the many volunteers who knocked doors, made phone calls, wrote a check, put up a yard sign, and endorsed my campaign.

I look forward to serving the people of the 15th District on the Cook County Board and working with fellow Democrats throughout Illinois to ensure that our working families are protected from the Republican Party's destructive policies.

—From a Kevin B. Morrison press release, Wed., Nov 7, 2018 at 12:21 AM


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