Biden endorses Newman in race for 3rd Congressional District

Marie Newman, the Democratic nominee for the Third Illinois Congressional District, earned a major endorsement ahead of Election Day.

Newman’s campaign announced this week that former Vice President Joe Biden, the Democratic candidate for president, endorsed her campaign, according to a news release.

“Marie Newman will do everything she can do to help people in her community and across our country get back on their feet,” Biden said in the release. “She is committed to creating good-paying jobs, protecting and expanding access to health care and fighting for the hard working families of [the] Illinois Third District. I look forward to working with her in Washington to rebuild our economy.”

Newman said she was “truly humbled” to have Biden’s support.

“Now, more than ever, we need real leadership in the White House,” she said in the release. “Vice President Biden and Sen. Kamala Harris will bring our country together, and I am ready to work alongside them to fight for Illinois’ Third District.”

The La Grange Democrat defeated incumbent U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski, D-Western Springs, in the March primary election. She faces Republican Mike Fricilone, who is the minority leader on the Will County Board, in the general election.

Newman has argued for progressive policies such as Medicare for All and a “green” stimulus package amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Third Congressional District includes all or parts of Crest Hill, Homer Glen, Lockport and Romeoville and reaches the southwest side of Chicago.

Alex Ortiz

Alex Ortiz is a reporter for The Herald-News in Joliet. Originally from Romeoville, Ill., he joined The Herald-News in 2017 and mostly covers Will County government, politics, education and more. He earned his bachelor's degree at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a master's degree from Northwestern University.