Springfield, IL. – The Democratic Party of Illinois (DPI) on Sunday announced it is endorsing State Sen. Mike Frerichs (D-Champaign) for Illinois Treasurer. The DPI cited Sen. Frerichs’s commitment to accountability, transparency and competence in making its endorsement.
Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan, who also serves as Chairman of the DPI, also noted that the 2014 statewide ticket offers good geographic balance with candidates hailing from all parts of the state. Senator Mike Frerichs lives in Champaign which is in East Central Illinois and Lieutenant Governor Sheila Simon lives in Carbondale in Southern Illinois. The other endorsed candidates are Chicago residents.
“I’m running for Treasurer to restore fiscal responsibility and a commitment to putting Illinois’ investments to work for its middle class. I’m proud to accept the Democratic Party’s endorsement for Illinois Treasurer,” said Sen. Frerichs.
The DPI has not endorsed in statewide elections since 2006. This year all incumbent office holders were endorsed, as was Lt. Governor Shelia Simon in her race for Comptroller. In making its endorsement of Sen. Frerichs for Treasurer, the DPI noted his history of offering common-sense solutions and support for Illinois’ middle class.
Sen. Frerichs adds the DPI’s support to endorsements earlier this summer from the Cook County Democratic Party, the Southern 20 (a coalition of Democratic County Chairs from Southern Illinois), and the Illinois Democratic County Chairmen’s Association.
The Democratic Party of Illinois Central Committee is comprised of two elected members, one female and one male, from each congressional district. Members are elected to four year terms by Democratic primary voters. To learn more visit www.ildems.com.
Mike Frerichs has served as the State Senator for the 52nd District since 2007, representing Champaign and Vermilion Counties. Mike is currently Chair of the Senate Higher Education Committee and was previously the chair of the Senate Agriculture and Conservation Committee. Mike is originally from Gifford, Illinois (pop. 800) and was in the first generation of his family to attend college (Yale University). Previously, Mike was elected to the Champaign County Board (2000) and was Champaign County Auditor (2002-2007).
He is also a certified Public Finance Officer (CPFO) and was awarded the Certificate for Excellence in Financial Reporting for his work in bringing transparency and strict oversight to the County’s budget. His slogan, “Standing Tall for Illinois,” is a play on his height. At 6 feet 8 inches, Mike is one of the tallest legislators in Illinois history.