Pat Dowell Announces Run for U.S. Congress to Replace Bobby Rush (Chicago, IL) – First, I want to recognize the numerous contributions of Congressman Bobby Rush in his lifetime of service to further civil rights and protect underserved communities, particularly those of color. Congressman Rush has led the fight for racial justice and inspired many.
After careful consideration and many conversations with family and supporters, I am announcing that I will run for Congress in Illinois’ 1st District. Congressman Rush has created a legacy of fighting for others that I will strive to honor and uphold. I am grateful for the support people have given me in my run for Secretary of State. Recent events, both here in Illinois and across the country, have led me to decide to make this run for Congress.
In Congress, I will work every day to ensure Chicago and all the communities of the 1st district receive their fair share of federal resources, safeguard voting rights and access, be a strong voice for gun control, protect Social Security and Medicare, and provide healthcare for all.
Pat Dowell is a lifelong public servant. As a Chicago Alderman, she worked to increase the number and strength of small businesses and develop economic opportunities for all. She passed the Vacant Land Ordinance which became a model for national legislation.
In Congress, she will work every day to ensure the first district receives its fair share of federal resources, safe guard voting rights and access, be a strong voice for gun control, protect social security and medicare, and provide healthcare for all.
Ald. Dowell has served as a social worker, a city planner, an administrator of several large and small not-for-profits, and a university instructor.
She has an extensive background in urban planning and community development and was one of the primary architects of the Bronzeville Development Plan.
Pat Dowell Announces Run for U.S. Congress to Replace Bobby Rush