November 30, 2022

Political candidates vying for Illinois 2022

Democrat Alexi Giannoulias delivers his concession speech to supporters after losing to Mark Kirk for the US Senate in 2010. Photo: Ralf-Finn Hestoft / Corbis via Getty Images

Cook County Democrats have chosen their slate of candidates for the 2022 election as Illinois Republicans begin running for various state races, including the gubernatorial race.

Why is this important: The two parties choose candidates for the 2022 primary in June.

Secretary of State: Former state treasurer and Democrat Alexi Giannoulias is running to replace the retiring Jesse White.

Yes, but: Black Democrats are unhappy with the county selection process and believe the party should back a minority candidate.

  • The other Democrats in the running are Anna Valencia (City Clerk) and two aldermen, Pat Dowell (3rd) and David Moore (17th).
  • White did not support a candidate. He will do it next month.
  • County Democrats also backed incumbents Fritz Kaegi for Cook County Assessor and Tom Dart for Sheriff. Both are white males, both chosen over other minority candidates.

Governor: Republican candidate Darren Bailey this week picked running mate Stephanie Trussell, a former black right-wing talk show host on WLS 890.

  • She revisited previous critiques of Donald Trump and in 2014 tweeted a meme about President Obama who is wildly offensive (trigger warning: it’s super racist).
  • Rumor has it again about Republican Richard Irvin, the current mayor of Aurora who was re-elected in April.
  • His staff denied the rumors in October, but a recent poll included his name.
  • If he ran for office and was elected, Irvin would become the first black governor of Illinois.

And after: Still no word from outgoing Republican Congressman Adam Kinzinger on whether he will throw his hat in the ring.

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