Chicago Alderman Ameya Pawar has announced he is withdrawing from the race for Illinois Governor. The Democrat says it has become clear that he does not have the financial support to continue a long statewide campaign to gain his party’s nomination.
“Without more resources,” he said in a statement to supporters, “the only choices for expanding the campaign to a scope that could earn the nomination were to take on more personal debt or to cut staff. I have a young family, and we decided not to take on more personal debt right now. As to cutting staff, I simply refuse.”
Pawar also noted that this is expected to be the costliest race for Governor in American history, putting him at a distinct disadvantage to Democrats such as J.B. Pritzker, himself a billionaire, and candidate Chris Kennedy, who has been raising large sums from donors.
Illinois State Senator Daniel Biss is also expanding his reach, opening a campaign office in Rockford on Thursday afternoon. A total of six candidates are seeking the Democratic nomination for Governor.
The Democratic nominee would then face incumbent Republican Bruce Rauner, also a billionaire who would have the Republican Party’s substantial donor support as well.
Pawar says he will now launch a political action committee named ‘One Illinois’ which will focus on organizing young people to support the progressive causes he championed during his campaign.