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Pastor Chris Butler Announces His Candidacy for
U.S. Representative of Illinois’ 1st Congressional District
“I’m running for Congress because I’m ready to help the Democratic Party and
our government move beyond the politics of division that currently have us stuck
with the status quo.”
CHICAGO, Illinois, April 15, 2021-Pastor Chris Butler has announced his Democratic
candidacy for U.S. Representative of Illinois’ 1st Congressional District. Based in Cook County,
the district includes much of the South Side of Chicago and continues southwest past Mokena.
Pastor Chris, a community organizer for 25 years, is certain that he will bring a much-needed
perspective and approach which will result in true progress instead of continued division.
Pastor Chris is currently the Senior Pastor of Chicago Embassy Church Network. He pastors the
church in which he grew up. Pastor Chris is now a husband and father of four children. Pastor
Chris was brought up in a working-class family and started participating in advocacy and
movements for social change at just 12 years old.
Pastor Chris’ background is comprised of engagement that highlights his ability to bring unity
between groups that may not always agree. His education policy involvement includes Deputy
Campaign Manager for A+ Illinois and Advocacy Director for New Schools for Chicago. Pastor
Chris Co-Founded the Chicago Peace Campaign and has worked to reimagine policing. As a
former Rock the Vote coordinator and Mikva Challenge Board Member, Pastor Chris is a
passionate advocate for restoring our democracy. He has worked to get money out of politics,
change the way political maps are drawn, and promote Action Civics education. Pastor Chris
also served on President Barack Obama’s Campaign for U.S. Senate. He recently Co-Authored
the award-winning book: Compassion & Conviction.
Pastor Chris states, “I’m running for Congress because I’m ready to help the Democratic Party
and our government move beyond the politics of division that currently have us stuck with the
status quo. And I am not talking about the cheap unity of quiet suffering and non-confrontation.
I’m talking about the hard-fought togetherness that comes from getting in a room and working
through real differences with patience and respect.”
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