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Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle Endorses Brandon Johnson For Mayor

Preckwinkle lost her bid for mayor in 2019 to Lori Lightfoot in a runoff. Johnson is facing former Chicago Public Schools CEO Paul Vallas in the April 4 election.

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle is backing Brandon Johnson in the mayoral runoff, she announced at the County Building on March 7, 2023.
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CITY HALL — Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle is backing Brandon Johnson in the mayoral runoff.

The county’s top elected official and former South Side alderperson endorsed Johnson Tuesday morning.

Preckwinkle “in her current capacity and in her previous role as a five-term alderperson for Chicago’s 4th ward, has advocated for many of the priorities crucial to Brandon Johnson’s campaign — from affordable housing to economic inequity,” according to a campaign news release.

Johnson, a Cook County commissioner, is facing former Chicago Public Schools CEO Paul Vallas in the April 4 runoff.

Preckwinkle and Johnson have been supported by the Chicago Teachers Union.

In 2019, the CTU backed Preckwinkle in her bid for Chicago mayor, which she ultimately lost in a runoff to incumbent Mayor Lori Lightfoot. The influential union has endorsed Johnson in this year’s mayoral election and is one of his largest financial contributors, according to campaign finance records.

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Johnson and Vallas have been racking up endorsements since advancing to the runoff last week. U.S. Rep. Danny Davis backed Johnson Monday, with former mayoral candidate and retiring Ald. Rod Sawyer (6th) throwing his weight behind Vallas.

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