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Chicago pol endorses Smith

Chicago Alderman Joe Moore has endorsed Jeff Smith in the race for the 18th District state house seat being vacated by Julie Hamos.

Moore, who has received campaign contributions from Smith in the past, called Smith “the kind of progressive, independent leader that we need in Springfield right now.”

Nine precincts in Moore’s 49th Ward in Rogers Park are included in the house district. The Smith campaign says they often account for as much as 10 percent of the Democratic primary vote.

Moore earlier this year had considered running for the state house seat himself. Hamos is giving up the seat to run for Congress.

The move by Hamos has set up a wide open primary battle with a total of five Democrats in the race leading up to the February primary.

Chicago Alderman Joe Moore has endorsed Jeff Smith in the race for the 18th District state house seat being vacated by Julie Hamos.

Moore, who has received campaign contributions from Smith in the past, called Smith “the kind of progressive, independent leader that we need in Springfield right now.”

Nine precincts in Moore’s 49th Ward in Rogers Park are included in the house district. The Smith campaign says they often account for as much as 10 percent of the Democratic primary vote.

Moore earlier this year had considered running for the state house seat himself. Hamos is giving up the seat to run for Congress.

The move by Hamos has set up a wide open primary battle with a total of five Democrats in the race leading up to the February primary.

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