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Irvin, Aurora’s 1st Black mayor, makes GOP bid for governor

Richard Irvin, Illinois guberatoiral candiate (R)

SPRINGFIELD — Aurora Mayor Richard Irvin has joined the gubernatorial fray. He entered the race on Monday as a Republican challenger to incumbent Democrat J.B. Pritzker.

Irvin was elected the first Black mayor of Illinois’ second-largest city in 2017.

He is the fifth candidate seeking the GOP spot on the November ballot and has been chosen as his running mate Rep. Avery Bourne, a Republican leader in the House.

The Democratic Party of Illinois says Irvin is head of a slate of candidates that have been organized by associates of former GOP Gov. Bruce Rauner and funded by conservative billionaire donor Ken Griffin. Irvin mentioned neither in his announcement.


Associated Press

Associated Press

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