A former 2020 Democratic candidate for president endorsed Marie Newman in her campaign for Congress in the 3rd District.
Julian Castro, the former secretary for the Department of Housing and Urban Development under President Barack Obama, backed Newman because of her views on how to solve Americans' everyday problems, according to her campaign Facebook page.
"Instead of playing Washington politics, Marie will work to ensure the people she represents can get better health care, a good education, and that immigrants will be protected from Trump's cruel agenda," Castro said in the Facebook post.
Newman lauded Castro as an "inspiration" because his "career in public service has been defined by putting people first."
She is challenging incumbent U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski, D-Western Springs, for the nomination in March. She's argued his views on issues like immigration, health care and abortion rights are out of step with voters in the 3rd District.
Rush Darwish and Charles Hughes are also competing in the Democratic primary race.
The 3rd District has parts of Crest Hill, Homer Glen, Lockport and Romeoville and extends to the southwest side of Chicago.
The Illinois primary election is March 17.