Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez missed out on another big endorsement Monday in her quest for re-election as Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-9th District) announced her formal support for challenger Kim Foxx.
Foxx, a former prosecutor, also has the endorsement of Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle. Schakowsky called Foxx the "real change agent in the race."
"The choice in this race is clear," Schakowsky said in a statement. "Under Kim Foxx's leadership, we can reform the unjust system of mass incarceration that has been the status quo in Cook County for too long. And we can finally start working toward a criminal justice system that strengthens our communities instead of tearing them apart."
Foxx and Donna More, also a former prosecutor, are both challenging Alvarez's incumbency in the spring primary. Alvarez was first elected as Cook County state's attorney in 2008, and next year will be the first time she runs in a contested primary for the seat.
Alvarez also lost out on an endorsement from the Cook County Democratic Party, which usually endorses the incumbent. This time, they chose not to endorse any candidate, choosing instead to leave the primary race open.
Both Foxx and Alvarez are campaigning on a message of reform in the criminal justice system. When Alvarez formally announced her re-election campaign last month, she released a video that touted her work to end gun violence and keep offenders who are unlikely to repeat crimes out of jail.
Foxx also pushes her involvement with criminal justice reform, and Schakowsky notes that she is "a leading advocate for policies that support women and families."