Dowell Racking Up Endorsements from the Black Community for Illinois Secretary of State
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"As I travel our state, I am moved by the support for my campaign and thankful that people are recognizing my commitment to hard work and public service. My singular goal as Secretary of State is to innovate the office and provide the best service to the public. I'm here to serve, not to use the office as a personal steppingstone to advance my career."
Dowell announced endorsements from Congressman Danny Davis, Ambassador Carol Moseley Braun, Proviso Township Democrats, Cook County Commissioner Bill Lowry, State Senator Mattie Hunter, Chicago Ald. Chris Taliafiero, Ald. Rod Sawyer, Ald. Scott Waguespack, Ald. Emma Mitts, Ald. Derrick Curtis, Ald. Jason Ervin, Ald. Carrie Austin, State Representative Lamont Robinson, and State Representative Kam Buckner.
Dowell added, "I am humbled and honored to have the support of people around the State of Illinois. I am especially proud of our growing support from the Black community and our leaders.
I'm excited about our momentum -- and in the coming weeks, we will be releasing plans and ideas on how we will innovate the Secretary of State's office in this post-COVID era. As Secretary of State, I will focus on increased access for communities that need it most, strengthening the state's literacy programs, and implementing cutting edge technology so the public can access services online, instead of inline."
About Pat Dowell
Pat Dowell is a lifelong public servant. She has served as a social worker, a city planner, an administrator of several large and small not-for-profits, and a university instructor.
Since 2007, she has served as the Alderman of the 3rd Ward of Chicago. She is the Chair of the Chicago City Council Budget Committee.
Dowell was a significant catalyst for the rebirth of the historic Bronzeville community that occurred in the 1990s. She has an extensive background in urban planning and community development and was one of the primary architects of the Bronzeville Development Plan.
Formerly, Ms. Dowell was the executive director of the Near West Side Community Development Corporation, the Mid-South Planning and Development Commission, and Chicago Public Allies, a national youth development organization.
Pat Dowell is the proud mother of an adult son and a longtime Bronzeville resident. As a college basketball star, she earned her bachelor's degree in Developmental Psychology from The University of Rochester and her master's degree in Social Service Administration from the University of Chicago. Dowell owns a scrappy Yorkshire Terrier named Toots and is an avid Chicago Bulls Fan.
While she enjoys reading, cooking, and traveling – what she is truly passionate about is helping to serve the needs of her constituents.