Democratic gubernatorial candidate Daniel Biss announced the endorsement of state Rep. Kelly Cassidy.
In a statement, Cassidy said, in part, “Daniel is the only candidate in this race who has a record of enacting real, progressive change, including for the LGBTQ community. When we passed the ban on conversion therapy, when we passed marriage equality—he was there every step of the way, working with me and others in the community, doing the actual hard work of making laws that protect us.”
Biss currently represents the 9th District in the Illinois Senate and previously served one term in the Illinois House representing the 17th District.
Among those running against Biss in the Democratic primary are Madison County Regional Superintendent of Schools Bob Daiber, state Rep. Scott Drury, activist Tio Hardiman, former University of Illinois Board of Trustees Chair Chris Kennedy, entrepreneur Alex Paterakis, Chicago Ald. Ameya Pawar and venture capitalist J.B. Pritzker.
The primary election will take place Tuesday, March 20, 2018; the general election will be Tuesday, Nov. 6. Incumbent Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner is running for re-election.