CHICAGO (AP) — Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart is endorsing Chicago Alderman Anthony Beale in the race to replace former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.
Dart is the second prominent county official to endorse a candidate in recent weeks, following Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle’s announcement that she’s backing state Sen. Toi Hutchinson.
Dart says he’s been impressed with Beale as the two have worked on a number of issues, both while Dart was a state lawmaker and as sheriff. Dart and Beale scheduled a news conference Thursday.
Meanwhile, former state representative and onetime Preckwinkle aide, Robin Kelly, also plans a Thursday news conference to announce that a group of more than 100 ministers called the International Ministers & Community Alliance is supporting her candidacy.