Springfield, IL- State Senator Michael Frerichs (D-Champaign) today was endorsed by the Illinois Democratic County Chairmen’s Association (ILDCCA) as the Democratic nominee for Illinois Treasurer. This comes on the heels of recent endorsements for Frerichs from the Cook County Democratic Party and “The Southern 20,” which is comprised of the 20 southernmost Democratic County Chairmen.
“I’m honored to receive the endorsement of the Illinois Democratic County Chairmen’s Association today and am excited about the momentum of this campaign,” said Frerichs. “We all agree that the next Illinois Treasurer needs to do more to look out for working families, veterans, and small business owners. I’m ready to provide that leadership, and I thank the Chairmen for their support in my race for Treasurer. I’m looking forward to kicking off my campaign in the coming weeks, continuing to talk with everyday people throughout the state, and lay out my plans to strengthen economic growth in Illinois and protect our middle-class and hardworking families”
“Our current Treasurer has spent all of his time in office running for Governor, and the current Republican running for this office would have rather run for Attorney General,” said ILDCA President and Monroe County Democratic Chairman, Alan Pirtle. “That’s not leadership we can count on to protect our state’s investments and college savings for thousands of middle class families.”
Democrats from throughout the state echoed this sentiment of support for Senator Frerichs and believe he’s the only candidate prepared to restore fiscal responsibility to Illinois’ finances.
“Our state is facing tremendous challenges,” said Bob Peickert, DuPage County Democratic Chairman. “I know Mike has the ability and the qualifications to help the middle class families that have been left behind in this difficult economy. He’s running a campaign Democrats can be proud of, and I look forward to working with Mike when he is sworn in as our next Treasurer.”
The ILDCCA is a grass roots organization comprised of the Democratic County Chairmen from each of Illinois’ 102 counties. You can learn more by visiting www.ildcca.org.
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.