Illinois’ race for governor is in full swing, as quite a few Democrats vie for the party’s nomination and the right to face Gov. Bruce Rauner, a Republican in his first term who has never passed a budget for the state. Rauner faces just one minor candidate within his party; the Democratic primary involves six men (this page fails to list engineer Alex Paterakis) of varying political experience and backgrounds. There is no date yet for the primary election, but in 2014 the primary took place March 18, putting us about nine months away.
Endorsements are beginning to filter in, including some local unions that have decided billionaire heir J.B. Pritzker is their candidate, although they don’t appear to have sent questions to any of the candidates. State Rep. Will Guzzardi (D-Logan Square) announced June 16 that he would endorse state Sen. Daniel Biss (D-Evanston), while Logan Square Ald. Scott Waguespack (32nd Ward) has not yet decided on an endorsement. The two left-leaning elected officials shared their thoughts with LoganSquarist about the type of candidate and campaign they think is best for the state.
The candidates are: Pritzker, a venture capitalist; businessman Chris Kennedy, a Kennedy; Biss, a politician and mathematician; Ald. Ameya Pawar (47th Ward); Paterakis; and Bob Daiber, superintendent of schools for Madison County, Ill.
LoganSquarist has reached out to other politically involved Logan Square figures and will update readers with their perspective on the 2018 gubernatorial race.
Ald. Scott Waguespack
I have not endorsed anyone and I will be reviewing the positions and actions of all candidates as we move forward in the primary. We’ll also be hosting an event in 32 (as many others are doing) to let them speak to voters.
I’d like to see a winning campaign for Democrats that shows how the candidate(s) can work across the aisles and present real forward-looking plans that work for all the people across all of Illinois. They should have a plan to address long-term needs for state finances, and the deficit as well as education funding.
Whoever it is, they’ll need to be able to bridge the massive divides created over the last few years.
Rep. Will Guzzardi
We can’t simply run a campaign talking about how terrible the other side is. We tried that in 2016, and it didn’t work. Voters don’t want to hear the blame game. They want us, Democrats, to propose real solutions to get the state out of this crisis. They want us to invest in the things that matter: better schools, good jobs with good wages, improved infrastructure and services for people in need. And they want us to pay for it by finally asking the biggest corporations and wealthiest individuals to pay what they owe just like the rest of us.
We’ll win this election if we can deliver a real, honest plan instead of just empty rhetoric and politicking. Yes, we have to make Bruce Rauner shoulder the blame for this budget crisis. It is absolutely his fault. And his plans to fix Illinois by paying people less and padding corporate profits is simply wrong, and the people of this state know it. But just saying so won’t be enough.
In his statement on Facebook endorsing Biss:
Daniel has been a mentor to me in Springfield since before I got elected. He’s incredibly thoughtful and a great legislator. He’s been a champion on all the progressive issues I care deeply about. And he’s running a campaign against the Machine, against the billionaires, to fight for a more just and equitable and decent state. It’s exactly the kind of campaign I would have run if I were in his shoes. Proud to know him, proud to support him.