Chicago Tribune has endorsed Raja Krishnamoorthi, a Democrat running for the U.S. Congress from Illinois’ District 11 on October 10, saying “what really sets him apart is a solid, enthusiastic grasp on issues, from immigration to the war on Islamic State.”
“Krishnamoorthi’s amalgam of business and government experience makes him the best candidate, hands down,” the Chicago Tribune editorial board stated. “A Harvard Law School grad who lives in Schaumburg, he’s been a deputy state treasurer and an assistant attorney general. He’s president of two high-tech firms focused on military security and renewable energy. Those overlapping experiences give him a valuable perspective on how government policy affects businesses and workers.”
The Chicago Tribune endorsement makes it a clean sweep of Chicago-area newspaper endorsements for the progressive Democrat Krishnamoorthi following the earlier endorsements from the Chicago Sun-Times and the Daily Herald, the largest suburban newspaper in the Chicago area.
“We were impressed with Krishnamoorthi’s command of specifics about the tax code and the Affordable Care Act – and even more impressed when he emailed us after our meeting to correct himself on a minor point,” the Chicago Tribune editorial board wrote. “We like that he’s already scoped out opportunities to join in bipartisan initiatives on criminal justice reform and alternative energy. We agree with his maxim that government must do everything ‘faster, cheaper, smarter.'”
Ballotpedia rates this as a “safely Democratic” district. The 8th District covers northern suburbs of Chicago as well as most . covers the northern suburbs and northwestern suburbs of Chicago, including areas with concentrations of Indian-American residents.
The editorial board of the Tribune calls Krishnamoorthi a “good fit” for District 8. “We liked Krishnamoorthi, a business owner and Harvard Law grad, when he lost to Tammy Duckworth in the 2012 Democratic primary for this seat” the Tribune recalled. “We like him just as much or more this time,” as he seeks to succeed Duckworth, who is aiming for the U.S. Senate seat held by Republican Mark Kirk.
The 8th District includes west and northwest Chicago suburbs, and Krishnamoorthy hopes his relentless campaigning will bring out Millennials and others to vote for him. Krishnamoorthi lives in Schaumburg with his wife, Priya, and their three children.