Ventua Picks Up Endorsements from Sierra Club and National Organization of Women (NOW) (Joliet, IL) – This past week Rachel Ventura earned endorsements from the politically active environmental group, Sierra Club and another pro-choice group, the Illinois NOW PAC (National Organization of Women PAC). NOW’s backing signals that Ventura is clearly the strongest candidate to defend women’s reproductive freedoms. This is her third endorsement from a group that screens candidates on reproductive freedoms and choice. Personal PAC and Planned Parenthood Illinois Action Fund have also endorsed her campaign.
Sierra Club’s endorsement is significant as it sets up another round in the ongoing fight between environmental groups and building trades groups. The building trades have already lined up behind her pro-NorthPoint opponent.
Over the weekend, IL NOW President, Laura Welch, released the following statement to accompany their organization’s endorsement for Ventura. Welch lives in the 43rd Senate District and looks forward to voting for Rachel in the June 28th Democratic Primary Election.
“Illinois NOW PAC is pleased to endorse Rachel Venture for Illinois Senator in the 43rd District. Throughout her public service, Rachel has proven to be an outspoken feminist and staunch ally to many. She works tirelessly to support the rights of all women, lgbtqia+ community members and the rights for all people in Will County to live in a safe and healthy environment. We must have voices like Rachel’s in the Illinois Senate so that our state remains a safe haven for individual rights and bodily autonomy.”
Rachel was thrilled to receive the Sierra Club endorsement. She has over the course of her time in public life stood up as a climate activist, and environmentalist who staunchly opposes the environmentally destructive NorthPoint development. Ventura also favors shutting down the state’s dirtiest polluter located in Southern Illinois, Prairie State Coal, and instead investing heavily in stable, clean renewable energy.
According to a press release by the Illinois Clean Job Coalition last summer, “The Prairie State Coal Plant is one of the largest coal plants in the country, and it emits more toxic sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides than any source in Illinois.” Ventura wants to work towards more green-collar, union jobs to for those impacted by the transition from fossil fuels to a green energy economy. “I want to make sure that the 43rd District is home to the future energy projects so those who are displaced by the changing economy receive the training and stable employment that will strengthen our local economy,” said Ventura. “This will be one of my primary focuses as the next state senator for this district.”
Ventura has also been endorsed by Congresswoman Marie Newman, Joliet Township Supervisor, Angel Contreras, DuPage Township Supervisor, Gary Marschke, Blue America PAC, Run for Something, Catch Fire, DSA National, Common Purpose PAC, Our Revolution-Illinois, Planned Parenthood Illinois Action Fund, Personal PAC, Equality Illinois, Vote Mama, G-PAC, Working Families Joliet, Southland Black Chamber of Commerce & Industry, West Suburban Illinois DSA Chapter, Progressives of Kane County and Schaumburg Area Progressives.
Ventua Picks Up Endorsements from Sierra Club and National Organization of Women (NOW)