ENDORSEMENT: André Thapedi for Illinois House in 32nd District Democratic primary

He has worked for his district on a range of issues.

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Endorsement, André Thapedi, 32nd District Illinois House of Representatives, 2020 primary election

State Rep. André Thapedi is endorsed by the Sun-Times for Illinois House in the 32nd District Democratic primary.

Ashlee Rezin Garcia/Sun-Times

Incumbent state Rep. André Thapedi’s experience — he’s represented the 32nd District for 11 years — gives him the edge in this Democratic primary, and we endorse him.

We’re disappointed that Thapedi has not been a leader in pushing for the all-important Clean Energy Jobs Act, especially given that he is vice chairman of the House Public Utilities Committee, which is playing a key role in crafting the legislation. But he gets high marks for working hard on a range of other issues.

Thapedi is a supporter of residential trade and vocational schools to train young people who don’t go to college. He wants more funding for public safety and mental health, and he’s pushing for more minority participation in cannabis and gaming enterprises. He’s also promoting biomass and hydroelectric power as sources of renewable energy instead of just wind and solar.Fellow lawmakers see him as a consistent advocatefor the residents of his district, which includes parts of Chicago’s South and Southwest sides and adjacent suburbs.

Also running is Ricky Gandhi of Burbank, an economist.

Illinois House 32nd District map.

Illinois House 32nd District map.

Illustration by Caroline Hurley

For more information about this race and others, including candidate questionnaires, go to our Illinois primary voting guide. Our newspaper is owned by a group of civic-minded and, in some cases, politically active investors; for details, see our owner information page.

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