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 Eamon Kelley told supporters he has decided to forgo his own campaign for State Senator at this time.

“Our ability to get strong, experienced progressives into office across local and state government in 2018 depends on a network of dedicated grassroots support,” Mr. Kelley said in a letter to supporters. “I believe that the most helpful and effective contribution I can personally make in this moment towards that goal is not as a candidate for State office, but, rather, as a leader and mobilizer who can lift the voices of progressive candidates across the ballot.

“That is why I will seek re-election as Democratic Committeemen this March and focus on my work with Evanston’s progressive, grassroots community to resist and defeat the right-wing Trump-Rauner agenda in the coming election.

“In that spirit, I have joined Evanstonian Sen. Daniel Biss’ campaign for Governor as a Senior Advisor. I believe Daniel will be a transformational Governor who can undo the damage caused by Rauner’s reign in Springfield and forge a new path forward for Illinois.

“As I considered how to ensure our community is best represented in Springfield, little seemed more important than electing one of our own as Governor.”

Mr. Kelley added, “I am proud to endorse Representative Laura Fine for Illinois’ 9th District State Senate seat.”