Elected Officials from Henry and Whiteside Counties Endorse Cheri Bustos

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 “Cheri Bustos for me represents the best qualities I have come to expect from my congressional representative.”  

ROCK ISLAND – Today, thirteen elected officials from Henry and Whiteside Counties announced their endorsement of Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) for re-election. 

The officials all emphasized Cheri’s understanding of local issues and her consistent partnership at the federal level to improve the lives of hardworking Illinois families.

“Cheri has always been there whenever I have had a question or comment to listen to me and try to help me or get me to a place that could,” said Henry County Board Member John Sovanski.

“From health care, to infrastructure, to economic development, Cheri understands what rural communities need,” Gabriella Palmer, Rock Falls Alderwoman, said. “She has the skills and experience required to help us drive growth and bring valuable resources to the places where we work and live.”

“Cheri Bustos, for me, represents the best qualities I have come to expect from my congressional representative,” said Whiteside County Board Member Fidencio Hooper-Campos. “She is very attuned to the needs of the people in the 17th Congressional District. Cheri is very approachable and personable in her interactions with constituents. She makes herself accessible and doesn’t hide from answering questions about her votes and stances on issues.”

“Cheri has been an excellent advocate for hardworking Illinois families and I’m proud to support her for re-election,” Thomas Ausman, Whiteside County Board Member, said. “For example, I have seen firsthand how she advocates for veterans who are seeking help with their Veteran Affairs benefits. Through her consistent outreach, she always knows what’s on the minds of those she serves and will continue to give us a voice at the decision making table.”

“I am continuing to support Rep. Cheri Bustos because she has done the things she said she would do while campaigning,” said Henry County Board Member Jan May. “She has kept the lines of communication open with the people she represents. She listens and acts.”

Local leaders announcing their endorsement include:

·       Thomas Ausman, Whiteside County Board

·       John Espinoza, Whiteside County Board

·       Owen Harrel, Whiteside County Board

·       Fidencio Hooper-Campos, Whiteside County Board

·       Eugene Jacoby, Whiteside County Board

·       William McGinn, Whiteside County Board

·       Gabriella Palmer, Alderwoman, Rock Falls 

·       Martin Rothschild, Alderman, Geneseo 

·       Paula Simosky, Alderwoman, Geneseo 

·       John Sovanski, Henry County Board

·       Jerry Thompson, Henry County Board

·       Glenn Truesdell, Whiteside County Board

·       William “Bill” Wangelin, Alderman, Rock Falls

“I appreciate the support of these local leaders in Henry and Whiteside Counties,” Congresswoman Bustos said. “Each of them have worked tirelessly to invest in our communities and ensure our towns receive the resources they need. I am proud to be in this fight with them to keep our communities healthy and rebuild our region’s infrastructure. ”

Now in her fourth term representing Illinois’ 17th Congressional District Congresswoman Cheri Bustos is a leader in the fight to lower health care costs, rebuild our region’s infrastructure, help Illinoisans weather the COVID-19 pandemic and work to safely reopen, and deliver real results for hardworking families across Northwest and Central Illinois.


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