U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski touted a long list of endorsements from mayors within the 3rd Congressional District, including the mayors of Crest Hill, Lockport and Romeoville.
The congressman said in a news release that these endorsements build on his reputation as a problem-solver who works with the communities in his district.
Lipinski, D-Western Springs, is running for a ninth term. He faces multiple challengers in the Democratic primary in March.
“We all share a calling to public service that benefits the residents we represent, and I have made it my highest priority to work to resolve local issues and to make sure our communities have the best possible access to the federal resources they need,” Lipinski said in the release.
The Will County mayors lauded Lipinski for his work to enhance local projects and development.
Romeoville Mayor John Noak said in the release that Lipinski was “instrumental” in helping the village get a new Metra station on the Heritage Corridor Line.
“Dan Lipinski is a champion for the hardworking families of Will County,” Noak said in the release.
Crest Hill Mayor Ray Soliman and Lockport Mayor Steve Streit also endorsed Lipinski for reelection.
“I just think he’s always done a lot of good work for our region when it comes to transportation,” Streit said. “He’s always been there for us.”
Soliman echoed the sentiment.
“I believe he’s done a good job and he’s been a good representative for the city of Crest Hill,” Soliman said. “He’s been very responsive to us.”
Lipinski said in the release that while serving as the chairman of the House Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials, he’s focused on securing federal funding to improve public transit and infrastructure across the district.
The congressman’s announcement was not without controversy, however. Politico reported that one of the mayors Lipinski put on the list had not actually endorsed him. Another was no longer a mayor.
Lipinski is facing primary challenges from Rush Darwish, Charles Hughes and Marie Newman.
Newman challenged and narrowly lost to Lipinski in the 2018 Democratic primary.