Robin Kelly Announces Dr. Cheryl Whitaker as Campaign Chair

Matteson, Il—(ENEWSPF)–January 14, 2013.  Today, the Robin Kelly for Congress campaign announced that Dr. Cheryl Whitaker will serve as her Campaign Chair as she seeks the Democratic nomination for the 2nd Congressional District seat being vacated by former Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr.  Dr. Whitaker previously served as a physician and health care executive.

“There is no better candidate in the race to stand with President Obama, Mayor Emanuel and Chairman Preckwinkle to get dangerous weapons off the streets of Chicago and the Southland,” Dr. Whitaker said. “I have known Robin for years and I know there is no better candidate to stand up for the families of the Second District than her.”

Robin Kelly welcomed Dr. Whitaker to her campaign team. “I am so honored to have my friend Cheryl Whitaker chair my campaign,” Kelly said.  “In the legislature, I took on the NRA including authoring a bill with then State Senator Obama to get assault weapons off the streets. In Congress, I won’t back down from the NRA, so we can get the dangerous weapons off our streets that are killing our neighbors and children every day.”

Robin Kelly is the only candidate to have issued a five-point pledge to get assault weapons and high capacity magazines off the streets of Chicago and the Southland, as well as making sure that Illinois’ conceal and carry ban stays in effect. You can see her full pledge at

Last week, Robin Kelly announced that she leads crowded Democratic field in fundraising having raised over $200,000 as well as filing with over 3,800 petition signatures securing the top spot on the ballot.

Robin Kelly is a former state representative, Chief of Staff to the Illinois State Treasurer and Chief Administrative Officer for Cook County under Toni Preckwinkle. But, most importantly, she’s a mother and a community activist who has dedicated her career to fighting for economic opportunity, domestic violence prevention and reasonable common sense gun control laws.