Rockford Rep. Litesa Wallace (D) is running for Lt. Governor as the running mate to Democratic gubernatorial candidate Daniel Biss.
Wallace replaces Chicago Alderman Carlos Ramirez-Rosa, a self-proclaimed Socialist who was dropped from the ticket after making critical comments about Israel, leading some of Biss’s supporters to withdraw their support.
Biss, who is also a State Senator, faces an uphill battle against a crowded field of candidates, including one with name recognition, Chris Kennedy, and a billionaire businessman who is spending big early on political ads, J.B. Pritzker.
Wallace is a relative political newcomer who was appointed to the seat vacated by longtime Rep. Chuck Jefferson, to whom she was a top aide. She was then elected to the 67th District legislative seat representing Rockford in 2014 and re-elected in 2016.
“I’m here now because, 13 years ago, I found myself a single mom with a young son,” said Litesa Wallace in a news release. “At the time, I was pursuing a graduate degree so that I could build a better life for us. It was not easy—but if it weren’t for state programs like child care assistance, I wouldn’t have had that chance.
“In the legislature, Daniel and I have fought for childcare assistance, a $15 minimum wage, to expand healthcare, and to make millionaires pay their fair share,” she added.