Illinois Primary Results 2022: Valencia concedes to Giannoulias in Secretary of State race

Illinois Primary Results 2022: Valencia concedes to Giannoulias in Secretary of State race

CHICAGO (TOC) — It was a closely-watched race in Tuesday’s main elections as Illinois seems to get a brand new Secretary of State.

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Jesse White is retiring after 24 years as Illinois’ first African American Secretary of State.

On the Republican facet, there have been two candidates as voters determined between Dan Brady and John Milhiser.

4 candidates on the Democratic ticket hoped to switch Secretary of State Jesse White: Sidney Moore, Anna Valencia, Alexi Giannoulias and David Moore.

Regardless of high-profile endorsements from White himself, in addition to Senators Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth and Governor JB Pritzker, Valencia conceded to Alexi Giannoulias Tuesday evening.

Now, Giannoulias would be the Democratic candidate on Illinois’ November poll.

WATCH: Alexi Giannoulias Provides Main Victory Speech

“Our journey collectively has reached an vital milestone however we nonetheless have lengthy strategy to go. I wish to thanks for getting me right here however I have to combat more durable than ever to get into November,” he stated in his victory speech. “What I’m operating to do is to make Illinois a nice instance for the remainder of this nation.”

Illinois’ outgoing secretary of state obtained quite a lot of consideration Tuesday as White tried placing the concentrate on his decide, Anna Valencia, to take over.

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“I am glad to assist her. I do know that she’s going to do an exquisite job,” White stated earlier within the day.

Valencia, who’s at present Chicago’s metropolis clerk, was operating for the statewide workplace for the primary time. She stated she was motived to enter politics after the election of Donald Trump.

“That is surreal for me. I am a lady from granite metropolis, first in my household to go to varsity, working-class background household. My dad and mom are all right here and I by no means thought that my wildest dream could be operating for secretary of state however right here I’m,” she stated.

WATCH: Secretary of state candidate Anna Valencia

Previous to taking workplace for metropolis clerk in 2017, Valencia labored on campaigns, together with Sen. Dick Durbin and Congressman Mike Quigley.

Giannoulias is the CEO and founding father of an organization that invests in start-ups. With a level in economics and regulation diploma, he grew to become the the state’s youngest treasurer at age 30. What adopted was a profession within the personal, in addition to public sectors, together with an unsuccessful run for U.S. senator in 2010.

He credit the mentorship of former President Barack Obama for his curiosity in politics. He gained the Democratic nomination for Senate however misplaced to Mark Kirk within the common election.

WATCH: Secretary of state candidate Alexi Giannoulias”We’ve got an extremely, extremely vital election. There may be a lot happening, everybody wants to come back out and vote,” Giannoulias stated. “I am excited in regards to the secretary of state’s workplace race. We’re going to modernize it, combat for voting rights, so everybody please come out and vote.”

David Moore was one other of the 4 democrats operating within the main for secretary of state.

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Now in his second time period as Alderman of Chicago’s seventeenth Ward, he grew up within the Robert Taylor Properties and is now an Englewood resident who started his profession in accounting earlier than leaping into politics.

“I wish to make sure that we’re modernizing that workplace, bringing issues like digital license plates to chop down on this carjacking, give seniors reductions; and I used to be the primary one on this race to create 122 youth engagement officers,” Moore stated forward of the outcomes.

The fourth candidate was Sydney Moore. We reached out to him however didn’t hear again from him in time for this report.

WATCH: Secretary of state candidate Sidney Moore

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