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County Board Members Endorse Palmer for County Executive

October 11, 2019

Nick Palmer’s campaign for Will County Executive continues to build momentum today as the campaign announces the endorsements of multiple Will County Board members. 

Supporting Palmer in his bid for County Executive are Denise Winfrey, Speaker of the Board, and the first African-American woman to hold that position, and her Democratic caucus members, Jackie Traynere (D-Bolingbrook), Meta Mueller (D-Aurora), Amanda Koch (D-Frankfort), Beth Rice (D-Bolingbrook), Margaret Tyson (D-Bolingbrook), Herb Brooks (D-Joliet), and Mimi Cowan (D-Naperville).

Speaker of the Board Denise Winfrey explained that Palmer’s dedication to the people of Will County, along with his extensive experience in county government, were the primary reasons for her endorsement. She went on to explain that, “With Nick Palmer  as County Executive, we can continue to work together for the good of our community.”

Board Member Amanda Koch echoed Speaker Winfrey’s comments regarding Palmer’s qualifications for the position. “Nick’s experience means the transition to a new county executive will be seamless. He knows nearly every issue, big and small, that the county faces.” Koch went on to explain that she also supports Palmer because “he is a team player and dedicated worker. I cannot think of anyone better suited to this position.”

“I have been a board member for 11 years,” said Jackie Traynere. “Through it all, Nick has been a quiet leader, dedicated to making things better for all the people of Will County. He knows how to work across the aisle to get things done that really matter to the working women and men of this county.”

This latest round of endorsements adds more momentum to Palmer’s surging campaign.

When asked about these latest endorsements, Palmer said, “I’m honored to have earned the support of a majority of the Democrats on the Will County Board. These are the people who know me best - and know the work I do for the resident of the county - so their endorsements mean a lot to me.”

In only a little over six weeks on the campaign trail, Palmer has already secured the support of dozens of community members and leaders in Will County, including the endorsement of his longtime boss and mentor, current Will County Executive Larry Walsh, who announced his retirement two months ago.

These new endorsements come on the heels of Palmer’s widely attended campaign kick-off fundraiser at the Joliet Jacob Henry Mansion ballroom. Palmer, who grew up on the east side of Joliet, has served as the Chief of Staff to County Executive Walsh for 15 years. Palmer is leading a campaign that is focused on building Will County for working families by creating safe, modern infrastructure, expanding access to affordable healthcare, generating quality jobs for the residents of Will County, and implementing a long-term sustainability plan for the county, all while continuing to lower the county property tax rate, as the Walsh administration has done for five years running. 

Palmer currently lives in Bolingbrook with his wife, Laura, their four children, and their rescue dog Apollo.

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