DPOP phone banking for 3 guv hopefuls

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By Ken Trainor

Staff writer

The Democratic Party of Oak Park is not endorsing a candidate for governor in the March 20 primary, but has opened its office for phone banking for each of the three leading candidates.

Beginning Jan. 30, the DPOP office at 6941-A West North Ave. is open on Tuesdays from 6 to 8 p.m. for phone banking for Chris Kennedy. On Wednesday evenings, starting Jan. 31, the office will be open for phone banking for State Sen. Daniel Biss. And on Thursday evenings, starting Feb. 1, the office will host phone bankers for J.B. Pritzker.

"There are pockets of support among our members for all three candidates," said state Sen. Don Harmon, the committeeman of the Democratic Party of Oak Park. 

Harmon has personally endorsed Biss, his colleague in the State Senate.

However, in the contentious Cook County Assessor's race, Harmon is staying neutral -- not endorsing incumbent Joseph Berrios, who also serves as the chairman of the Cook County Democratic Party; Oak Parker Fritz Kaegi who is mounting a strong challenge to Berrios; or Andrea Raila, whose nominating petitions are being challenged by Kaegi.

"I've made no endorsement in the Cook County's Assessor's race," Harmon said. 

When asked if he had any plans to endorse to anyone in the assessor's race in the future, Harmon said, "At this point I don't have any plans to do so."

Bob Skolnik

Email: ktrainor@wjinc.com

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