Blake Sercye '11 Endorsed by Emanuel & Preckwinkle in County Commissioner Race

From the Chicago Tribune:

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle are expected to weigh in Tuesday on a West Side Democratic primary contest for county commissioner, backing a young first-time candidate in a crowded field that includes a former alderman who did time for political corruption.

The rare public show of support in a down-ballot contest from two of the city's heaviest hitters is a good get for Blake Sercye, a little-known 27-year-old attorney with a prominent Chicago law firm.

Then again, the March 18 contest for the 1st District County Board seat is a far-from-ordinary campaign. Among the five Democrats running is ex-Ald. Isaac "Ike" Carothers, who got out of federal prison two years ago following a conviction for bribery and tax fraud but still is considered a political force in the 29th Ward.

For Emanuel and Preckwinkle, the endorsement of Sercye is a way to try to head off another round of only-in-Chicago stories spotlighting the city's historical political corruption that would follow a successful Carothers comeback. State law bars Carothers from trying to return to the Chicago City Council, but he's free to run for County Board.

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