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October 28, 2019

Ald. Jeanette Taylor Announces Endorsement of Sen. Bernie Sanders for President


Bernie Sanders (A.B. ‘64) speaks at Navy Pier about his work as an activist when he was a student at the University of Chicago.

Alexandra Nisenoff / The Chicago Maroon

Aldermen from four other Wards announced their endorsements of Senator Sanders for the 2020 Democratic Primary last Thursday.

Jeanette Taylor, alderman of the 20th Ward, endorsed U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders early on Thursday afternoon on her official Twitter and Facebook accounts. In the announcement, Taylor wrote, “Senator Sanders is not in this to do the popular thing but to do the right thing, even when it’s not easy or convenient. This is why I support his candidacy for President of the United States.”

The 20th Ward encompasses parts of Woodlawn, Back of the Yards, Canaryville, Washington Park, and Englewood. Taylor took office this past May after winning the runoff election in April against nonprofit employee and former school teacher Nicole Johnson. She is known for her community activism in the area and is a member of the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA). Taylor’s campaign platform consisted of progressive policies that have been championed by the Senator as well, including raising the minimum wage, the creation of affordable housing, and universal childcare.

Other alderman endorsements for Sanders came from fellow DSA members Rossana Rodriguez (33rd Ward), Carlos Ramirez-Rosa (35th Ward), Andre Vazquez (40th Ward), and Byron Sigcho Lopez (25th Ward).

The 2020 Illinois Democratic Primary will be held on March 17, 2020.

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