Evanston District 65 School Board member Candance Chow today announced that she’s endorsed Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz, who defeated her in the Democratic primary for the 17th District State House seat representing Evanston.
In a statement, Chow said, “Over the past few months, I have had a series of discussions with Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz and shared my concerns for the changes we need in Springfield to better serve our communities and face our challenges as a state.
“Jennifer’s recent statements on the need for continued pressure and action to address the culture of harassment and influence in Springfield as well as the need to restructure our campaign financing and legislative governance make me confident that Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz will bring a strong, independent voice to Springfield when we need it most.
“I believe we share the same commitment to ensuring that our political system is accountable to everyone and that our budget and economy give every Illinoisan an opportunity to succeed. I’m proud to endorse Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz for State Representative and look forward to working with her to further our shared commitments to our communities and state.”
Gong-Gershowitz, an immigration law attorney, praised Chow for her efforts to improve education, adding, “I’m thrilled to partner with her on initiatives that focus on early childhood education, workforce development, and our shared commitment to serving under-resourced areas” in the district.
In the five-way March 20 primary race for the vacant seat Gong-Gershowitz received 36.6 percent of the vote to 33.6 percent for Chow.
The race included some heated moments, including a campaign flier put out by the Gong-Gershowitz camp that accused Chow of doing the bidding of two Republicans — Gov. Rauner and President Trump — because she opposed a bill that would have imposed a temporary statewide property tax freeze on schools.