Another Highly Respected Black Leader Backs Vallas
Former Congressman Bobby Rush, who represented the people of Chicago in Washington for 20 years until his recent retirement in January, is endorsing Paul Vallas for Mayor. Rep. Rush is the latest highly respected Black political leader to back Vallas, and in making his endorsement Rush highlighted Vallas’ plans to invest in historically underserved communities and increase public safety. Vallas and Rush appeared together at an anti-violence march on Chicago’s South Side today followed by a press conference.
“I’m supporting Paul Vallas because he’s a lifelong Democrat and he has a real plan to invest in our community and address the root causes of poverty and hopelessness that lead to crime,” said Congressman Rush. “Throughout Paul’s history as a public servant he has always prioritized collaboration, transparency and accountability. As Mayor, I’m certain that Paul Vallas will move our city forward and I’m proud to endorse him today.”
Congressman Rush joins numerous other high profile Vallas supporters in the Black community, including former Secretary of State Jesse White, Aldermen Rod Sawyer, Walter Burnett, Emma Mitts, Anthony Beale, Michelle Harris, David Moore and Derrick Curtis, former mayoral candidates Willie Wilson and Ja’Mal Green and more.
“I’m ecstatic to earn the support of a true icon in our city and someone who has always stood up for social justice and equality in Congressman Bobby Rush,” said Vallas. “I’m running to be a Mayor for all of Chicago and to finally make the investments that are needed in underserved communities to make a real difference, and we’re building a broad, diverse coalition to make it happen.”