Independent Democrat, Candance Chow, out-raised every candidate in Q4, including Madigan-backed candidate

January 17, 2018 

Evanston, IL - Yesterday, Candance Chow, the independent Democratic candidate for State Representative in the 17 th District filed her quarterly report with the State Board of Elections, as did her four primary opponents. Chow raised the most amount of money of all the 17th District candidates with contribution from 267 unique donors. At the end of 2017, Chow reported $135,889 cash-on- hand. Her closest opponent, an insider backed by Speaker Madigan and Springfield lobbyists, had less than half that amount in her campaign coffers. The combined cash- on-hand of all four of Chow’s opponents totals to $137,894, nearly identical to the cash on- hand Chow herself has.

“I am humbled by the tremendous financial support I have received throughout the district,” Chow stated. “I know this is an uphill battle against entrenched special interests. That is why it is so encouraging that hundreds of 17 th District residents have stepped up to fund my grassroots campaign.”

Unlike her Madigan-backed opponent, who raised less in the fourth quarter than third quarter of 2017, Chow’s outpaced her third-quarter fundraising in the fourth quarter. “Candance will go to Springfield and be able to represent her constituents’ interests, not the interests of any political patron propping up her campaign,” Campaign Manager Gabe Frankel stated. “Candance is the best choice in this race for voters interested in electing a progressive, independent Democrat.”

Candance’s primary opponent from Glenview has received endorsements and support from party leaders and lobbyists and therefore does not have the independence required to bring real change to Springfield. Only Candance Chow has demonstrated the strength and determination to stand up for her constituents.

Chow currently serves on Evanston/Skokie District 65 School Board. In her role as President of Evanston/Skokie District 65 school board, Chow led the campaign to save Evanston/Skokie schools from disastrous budget cuts, passing a funding referendum with 80% of the vote. She was recently appointed to serve as an Executive Fellow in the McCormick Foundation’s Early Childhood Policy Leadership Fellowship and holds an MBA with distinction from Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management in strategy and nonprofit management. Candance lives in Evanston with her husband Dan and their two daughters.