Jan. 18 (UPI) — Aurora Mayor Richard Irvin said he is working for governor of Illinois on Monday as a Republican to challenge incumbent Gov. J.B. Pritzker.
Irvin, who’s the first Black mayor of Aurora, introduced he used to be operating in a video, pointing out State Rep. Avery Bourne, the youngest legislator in Illinois historical past, is his working mate for lieutenant governor.
Including Irvine, 5 Republicans have announced they have thrown their names into Illinois’ gubernatorial hat, including State Rep. Darren Bailey, businessman Gary Rabine, former State Sen. Paul Schimpf and undertaking capitalist Jesse Sullivan.
On his marketing campaign website online, Irvin targeted his main 3 issues as curtailing crime, reducing taxes and preventing corruption.
“Crime is out of keep watch over. So is corruption. Negligence and incompetence have destroyed our finances, so taxes go up,” he mentioned in the campaign video.
the army veteran stated he desires to construct an Illinois where the economy builds ladders of chance, where households are protected and kids are trained.
As a prosecutor, he said the notion of defunding the police is “dumb, unhealthy and it prices lives.”
“i think that each one lives subject,” he said within the highly produced video. “Each circle of relatives have to be secure.”
Following Irvin’s statement, Pritzker’s campaign instructed ABC7: “The GOP number one field keeps to grow however one thing stays the similar: the folks of Illinois don’t desire a repeat of the Bruce Rauner years of disastrous mismanagement and policies that set our state again.”
Rauner was once the governor from 2015 to 2019 when he misplaced re-election to Pritzker.
Fellow Republican challengers also took the opportunity to chastise Irvin over pulling Democratic number one ballots over the years, with Bailey tweeting that he will be “very talked-about a number of the status quo and susceptible-kneed Republicans.”
Rabine mentioned he is to listen to what caused Irvin to switch party affiliation.
“Equally compelling can be your rationalization on supporting sanctuary towns and your effusive reward for Gov. Pritzker,” he mentioned via Twitter. “However I Assume that is what campaigns are all about.”