The Democrat in the 37th Illinois House District earned an endorsement from Run For Something, a progressive group focused on recruiting and supporting young, diverse candidates.
Michelle Fadeley is running for the Democratic nomination for the seat now held by State Rep. Margo McDermed, R-Mokena. McDermed announced last year she wouldn't seek reelection.
"Our campaign recognizes the significance of this endorsement, and the excitement we are already building will grow exponentially," Fadeley said in the release. "Their resources, mentoring, and support will provide us with new ways to succeed and really help our campaign thrive,”
Fadeley hopes to turn the district from red to blue. She'll likely face Republican Tim Ozinga in the general election.
“RFS endorses candidates on two major criteria: heart and hustle," said Ross Morales Rocketto, the co-founder of Run For Something. "That’s what defines viability to us. These are candidates who are working hard to run grassroots, community-led campaigns. We are at a critical time in history and the momentum these candidates generate will have a lasting impact for years to come.”
Run For Something said in the release it has endorsed 43 first or second-time candidates and nearly 1,000 from 49 states and the District of Columbia. It said its candidates win about one-third of the time.
The group also touted the diversity of its endorsed candidates with 49% of them being people of color, 47% of them being women and 35% of them identifying as LGBTQ.