FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 24, 2018
Candance Chow wins more votes than all other candidates combined at Democratic Party of Evanston endorsement session
Grassroots, independent campaign gains momentum in face of Madigan-backed opponent
Independent, Progressive Democrat Candance Chow lapped the field at Democratic Party of Evanston (DPOE) endorsement session, picking up 247 votes to lead the field with 49 percent of the vote, while Madigan-backed candidate Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz tallied just 32 votes, or 6 percent.
“I am proud to have received a strong plurality of the votes, more than the rest of the field combined. I also want to commend the DPOE for remaining an independent-minded organization that does not let itself be swayed by Spring field insiders, evidenced by the fact that the Madigan-backed candidate in our race received a mere 32 votes,” said Chow, an elected Evanston/Skokie District 65 School Board Member and past board president who led the successful Vote Yes campaign in 2017 that saved Evanston/Skokie schools from drastic cuts, a referendum which won 80 percent of the vote.
Results posted by DPOE:
State Representative (17th District) 66 percent needed for endorsement:
- Candance Chow (49 percent)
- Mary Rita Luecke (33 percent)
- Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz (6 percent)
- No Endorsement (5 percent)
- Alexandra Eidenberg (4 percent)
- Peter Dagher (3 percent)
Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz, backed by Speaker Madigan’s leadership team including Assistant Majority Leader Lou Lang, managed just 6 percent of the vote, similar to the 5 percent won by embattled Cook County Assessor Joe Berrios.
Chow also raised the most amount of money of all the 17th District candidates, with contributions from 267 unique donors with an average contribution of $284. At the end of 2017, Chow reported $135,889 cash-on-hand.
“I am humbled by the tremendous inancial support I have received throughout the district,” Chow stated. “I know this is an uphill battle against entrenched special interests. That is why it is so encouraging that hundreds of 17th District residents have stepped up to fund my grassroots campaign.”