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Published On: Sat, Feb 11th, 2017

Daiber to announce for governor

Madison County Regional Superintendent Bob Daiber

EDWARDSVILLE — Dr. Bob Daiber, the regional superintendent of schools for Madison County, released a media advisory statement Friday of his intent to run for the Democratic Party nomination for Governor of Illinois against incumbent Republican Bruce Rauner.

Daiber’s race to the nomination will be nowhere close to being a cakewalk, as he already has some stiff competition. Chicago alderman Ameya Pawar was the first official candidate to declare on January 3, although civil engineer and business owner Alex Paterakis already had his name in the ring days in advance. Another candidate to throw his name into the race is Chris Kennedy, son of the late Senator Robert F. Kennedy and former chairman of the University of Illinois Board of Trustees.

What is equally as competitive to the declared candidates are the sixteen potential candidates, including former U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker, former President Barack Obama, former First Lady Michelle Obama, former Senior Advisor to the President Valerie Jarrett, U.S. Representatives Cheri Bustos and Robin Kelly, former Illinois governor Pat Quinn, current Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan, state senators Daniel Biss, Andy Manar, Kwame Raoul and Heather Steans, Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart and Chicago Treasurer Kurt Summers, Jr.

Former U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin and Illinois Treasurer Michael Frerichs have all declined requests for their involvement in the race for governor.

Hypothetical polling done by We Ask America last July had Sen. Durbin at 49%, with Quinn following at 10% and Kennedy at 5%. 18% were undecided among 1,128 individuals polled with a margin of error at 3%. In the same poll, Durbin was favored to win against Rauner 44% to 35% with 22% undecided, possibly making a major opportunity for third parties. With Durbin not in contention, who knows what the race for the nomination could lead to.

In regards to third-party candidates, Randy Stufflebeam announced his candidacy for the Constitution Party nomination in mid-to-late December and names are being tossed in the ring for the Libertarian and Green party nominations as well.

Daiber makes his official announcement noon Monday at the Mannie Jackson Center for the Humanities.

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Daiber to announce for governor