Monday, November 23, 2015 || By Michael Romain
Rep. Emanuel “Chris” Welch has formally announced his bid reelection, a day after he announced via Facebook his selection as one of Hillary Clinton’s Illinois Delegates at the 2016 Democratic National Convention.
According to the Chicago Sun-Times, more than 500 candidates applied for 102 slots.
“The folks running to be pledged Clinton delegates to the DNC convention in Philadelphia next summer ‘will become the face of the campaign’ in Illinois, [co-leader of the selection process Kevin] Conlon said.”
Today, Welch announced that he had filed his own nominating petitions with the Cook County Clerk’s Office in a statement that doubled as a quick case for his reelection.
“My legislative record has been recognized by the Chicago Teachers Union; Leading Age Illinois, an advocacy group for seniors; and the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless because the bills that I have sponsored or co-sponsored will improve education, reduce crime, help our most vulnerable and assist our homeless population,” the statement reads.
In a subtle jab at unnamed colleagues, Welch noted that, in his three years in the General Assembly, “I have had 12 bills signed into law. Some of my colleagues who have served for 12 years can’t match that accomplishment.”
“In just three years, I’m proud to say that I’m proven and effective. However, my work is not yet done in the General Assembly, and I won’t rest until it is complete. Over these next few months, I may knock on your door, call your home, or just send you some literature. In doing so, I hope I make the case to you, the voter, to re-elect me to a third term in the General Assembly to continue serving you, the people of the 7th District and the great state of Illinois.”
Last week, former Forest Park commissioner Chris Harris announced that he intends to challenge Welch for the 7th District seat. VFP