Major Endorsements

For Immediate Release

Three Grassroots Political Organizations Endorse
Mary Rita Luecke for State Representative

January 4, 2018

Skokie—Today, Reclaim Chicago, National Nurses United and Peoples Lobby endorsed Mary Rita Luecke, candidate for 17th Legislative District State Representative in the Democratic Party primary election on March 20.

Announcing the endorsement on behalf of the three organizations, Amanda Weaver, Executive Director of Reclaim, said, “Mary Rita is the most progressive, experienced, and independent candidate running in the 17th District and she deserves our wholehearted support. Mary Rita is exactly the type of candidate we are looking for as we extend our grassroots organizing for progressive causes into the inner-ring suburbs.”

Weaver noted that Mary Rita has earned this endorsement, following the model for progressive organizing. “Mary Rita has worked with us knocking on doors and phone-banking on countless evenings and weekends. She has been one of us. It feels very good now for us to support her for this important elective office. This is how our movement grows.”

“This is a huge boost for my campaign,” said Luecke. “I’m very honored and humbled to have this dedicated group of seasoned grassroots organizers on my side through March 20. Our team’s hard work during the summer and fall to collect 1,300 signatures to get on the ballot, raise some money, and get out and talk to voters by the hundreds has paid off with this endorsement.”

Luecke added that she is aligned with the three organizations on all the important issues—universal access to health care, statewide living wage, graduated income tax, closing corporate tax loopholes. “Now we can work together to make sure the voters know these common-sense policies are feasible and get out to vote in March.”

Reclaim Chicago is a people-led movement devoted to reclaiming Chicago, Cook County and state governments from the grip of corporate interests and the very wealthy for the purpose of ensuring justice, promoting equality and improving the lives of ALL people.

People’s Lobby is a fast-growing, membership-driven organization devoted to organizing widespread support for public policies and candidates that put the needs of people and the planet before the interests of big corporations and the very rich. National Nurses United is the nation's largest and fastest-growing union of registered nurses with more than with 150,000 RNs across the country, including 6,500 in Illinois.

The three organizations coordinate their endorsements to create the most leverage for the candidates they support. Support includes scores of volunteers who take responsibility to talk to voters in precincts, identify those who want to elect the candidates they support and follow through to get them to vote on or before March 20.

Mary Rita Luecke practiced civil rights and administrative law during her 30-year career as an attorney. She currently practices residential real estate law and teaches at DePaul University’s law school. Luecke was elected to two terms on the Evanston/Skokie School District 65 Board of Education and was elected twice to serve as its president. She lives in Skokie, where she and her husband Michael Gelder raised their two daughters, Hannah and Moriah Gelder.



Contact: Tom Walsh, Campaign Manager