The Cook County Democratic Party endorsed its slate for the March 15th, 2016 Primary. But there are two races where party leadership decided not to endorse any of the candidates: the U.S. Senate and State’s Attorney seats.
Cook County Democratic Party Chairman Joe Berrios said the party leadership would rather have an open primary for the Illinois U.S. Senate seat currently held by Sen. Mark Kirk because “none of the five candidates who addressed them were able to garner sufficient votes for support”, according to a press release.
“Our slate is an extremely diverse ticket, drawing from the suburbs as well as Chicago and individuals from various ethnicities,” Berrios said. “In the cases where we made no endorsements, there were simply too many qualified candidates for any one of them to receive the required number of votes for Party backing.”
This means U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth, immigrant rights activist Susana Sandoval, State Sen. Napoleon Harris, Cook County Board Commissioner Richard Boykin and former Chicago Urban League CEO Andrea Zopp will have to fight it out without the party’s support.
Incumbent State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez will also have to fight her reelection without Cook County Democrats by her side. Her challengers include Donna More, Kim Foxx and Cook County Board Commissioner John Fritchey.
The full list of endorsed candidates for the 2016 election:
President of the United States: Hillary Clinton
Illinois State Comptroller: Chicago City Clerk Susana Mendoza
Clerk of the Cook County Circuit Court: Dorothy Brown (incumbent)
Cook County Recorder of Deeds: Karen Yarbrough (incumbent)
Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (6-year terms): Barbara McGowan (incumbent), Mariyana Spyropoulos (incumbent), as well as Josina Morita
Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (2-year term): Tom Greenhaw
Appellate Court: Justice Bertina Lampkin and Judge Eileen O’Neill Burke (Those selected as alternates: Associate Judge William Boyd, Judge Raul Vega and Associate Judge Leonard Murray)
Cook County Board of Review, 2nd District: Incumbent Commissioner Michael Cabonargi
Circuit Court Judge: Judge Alison Conlon, Judge Daniel Patrick Duffy, Judge Rossana Fernandez, Judge Alexandra Gillespie, Maureen O’Donoghue Hannon, Judge John Fitzgerald Lyke Jr., Brendan O’Brien and Judge Devlin Joseph Schoop. (Selected as alternates: Fredrick Bates, Sean Chaudhuri, Patrick Heneghan, Nichole Patton and Peter Michael Gonzalez)