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Pritzker picks Juliana Stratton as running mate in race for Governor

Crusader staff report

Juliana Stratton has been tapped as the running mate for Democratic candidate for governor J.B. Pritzker in the 2018 election.

Stratton is the first Black and the first woman on any Democratic ticket.

Pritzker, a billionaire said Thursday that Stratton has “taken on” Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and will fight for working and middle-class families statewide as his lieutenant governor.

Stratton won her first term in office last year by defeating veteran Ken Dunkin. Her campaign was given a big boost with an endorsement from President Barack Obama. Her race against Dunkin was viewed as a proxy war between Rauner and Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan.

Pritzker is among several Democrats looking to unseat Rauner. Others seeking the Democratic nomination are businessman Chris Kennedy and state Sen. Daniel Biss.

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