Chicago, Illinois (NED).–Democratic candidate for Clerk of the Circuit Court Jacob Meister
has been endorsed by the largest coalition of Cook County area Latino elected officials to date in this year's primary. An event today at the Paladar Cuban Restaurant in Bucktown drew over 10 elected officials who formally endorsed Meister. Congressman Luis Gutierrez who could not attend did leave a recorded video endorsement of Meister.
The list of endorsers include: Congressman Luis Gutierrez, State Senator Iris Martinez, State Representative Luis Arroyo, Cook County Commissioner Luis Arroyo Jr., Alderman Proco Moreno, Alderman Raymond Lopez, Alderman Ariel Reboyras, Alderman Milly Santiago, Alderman Carlos Rosa, Alderman Gilbert Villegas, Berwyn Township Assessor David Avila, and East Aurora School Board Vice President Alex Arroyo.
These latest endorsements are part of a growing tide of support that Jacob Meister has been receiving in recent weeks.
“I am humbled and grateful for the overwhelming support I am receiving today from Cook County’s Latino community in my bid to become the next Clerk of the Circuit Court.
Throughout much of my life, I have been involved with the Latino community and supportive of issues that improve the lives of all of us. For years, I have fought beside many of the prominent leaders who endorsed me today on issues such as immigration reform, a living wage, and increased Latino political representation. And we have fought together against discrimination." said Meister.
"Latinos have grown to over 25% of Cook County’s population and are critically underrepresented in all aspects of the Clerk's’ office. The Clerk’s office must improve the way it serves the needs of the Latino community and all communities in Cook County in the court process." continued Meister.
"The Clerk's office can not continue to do business the way it has for the past 15 years. It is time to bring in a real reformer that will bring real transparency to this office." said Alderman Milly Santiago.
"The function and role that the clerk's office plays in our justice system are critical. We need change now, and Jacob is the candidate that can fix it." said Alderman Raymond Lopez.