Jaylin D. Mcclinton’s Statement on the 5th District Cook County Board Primary Results (Chicago, IL (Roseland)) – Jaylin D. McClinton (he/him/él) released the following statement today regarding his campaign in the race for 5th District Cook County Commissioner:
“Although I was hoping for a different result this primary election cycle, I am incredibly proud of the campaign we ran. When we launched our campaign back in November, we knew it was not going to be easy and the powers that be would do everything to stop us from achieving a new, bold, and progressive agenda in this region of Cook County for the first time in almost 28 years.
From the beginning, I refused to take a penny of corporate PAC money. I started my campaign from scratch with no real institutional support raising a 6-figure budget over the course of 8 months. However, it was not enough against the advantages, the establishment-like connections, and the mega-corporate donors that some of my opponents had.
And despite all of that, we persisted. Every single quarter of this campaign, we raised the most money in individual and small-dollar contributions. We were fueled by everyday people and one dollar at a time, we built a grassroots coalition that went toe-to-toe with politics as usual.
I am most proud of the fact that we ran an honest, ethical, and community oriented campaign from start to finish. We stood up to the Democratic establishment and rejected the status quo while offering up fresh ideas and a commitment to delivering long overdue resources to the South Side and Southland. We called out corporate corruption and dark money, which are both the root of all evil in our electoral process. We lifted up the voices of communities that have been neglected and ignored for far too long and elevated their stories. We were not silent.
I will continue to fight for the issues and causes that matter most in my capacity as a private citizen. While I am extremely disappointed at our election loss, I remain hopeful for the future. One day at a time, one door at a time, and one dollar at a time, we will keep organizing and mobilizing to achieve equity and justice. And, win or lose, this scrappy, grassroots, people-powered campaign has laid the foundation for something else.
Thank you to every last person who stuck with me on this journey. Your support was the fuel behind this campaign and I am forever indebted to you. This fight is not over and I hope you will be there for whatever is next.”
Jaylin D. Mcclinton’s Statement on the 5th District Cook County Board Primary Resultsl