Khouri adds another multicultural endorsement
It wasn’t long ago that Tonia Khouri, Republican candidate for the 11th District U.S. House seat, was endorsed by the Indian American Republican Organization.
Khouri continued to gain favor with other multicultural groups in the past two weeks.
On Oct. 6, the United Hellenic Voters of America (UHVA), a bipartisan political organization for voters of Greek descent based in Chicagoland, endorsed Khouri.
“UHVA was created to establish relationships between Greek-American communities with other diversified populations not of Hellenic descent,” Khouri recently told DuPage Policy Journal.
UHVA members found that Khouri spoke about issues that are close to them and their communities.
“We believe that Tonia is the most qualified candidate and that we can trust her leadership and dedication for the benefit of our community,” UHVA Honorary National Supreme Chairman D. Kyriazopoulosaid said in a letter to Khouri. “We consider her to be a valued friend of our organization and a supporter of the issues that are of great concern to the Greek-American community.”
Khouri also hosted a breakfast at Latino-owned Aurora Pancake House Oct. 4 in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month. The event featured the nation’s first Latina lieutenant governor, Illinois Lt. Gov. Evelyn Sanguinetti, as well as other local leaders and elected officials.
“I’m so grateful to Tonia for inviting me to participate in her Hispanic Heritage Month celebration,” Sanguinetti said. “She has been a personal friend and dedicated colleague of mine for many years, so I know firsthand that she shares the values of the Hispanic community. I’m confident she will be a devoted advocate for us in Washington.”
Khouri said Sanguinetti has been an active supporter for many months, officially endorsing her in the Republican primary at a Women for Tonia rally in January.
Other elected officials at the event included state Sen. Jim Oberweis (R-Sugar Grove), state Rep. Linda Chapa LaVia (D-Aurora), Kane County Coroner Rob Russell and Aurora Alderman Carl Franco.
“As the wife of an immigrant, I’m proud to have the endorsement of the UHVA – an organization that has done so much for Greek-Americans, whether new to our country to longtime members of our community,” Khouri said. “Their friendship is meaningful, and I’m grateful for their support.”
Khouri is currently chair of Economic Development on the DuPage County Board and owns a small business with her husband. They live in Aurora with their three children.