The March 20 primary race for governor concluded with Democratic nominee J.B. Pritzker winning comfortably, and incumbent Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner winning narrowly over his conservative challenger, state Rep. Jeanne Ives.
But now there’s a third-party candidate tossing his hat in the ring.
Under the newly constituted Conservative Party, state Sen. Sam McCann (R-Plainview) said in his campaign announcement via Facebook that the state has “backward morals” and he’s running to turn things around.
“Rauner and Chicago Democrats have led our state down the wrong path. Higher taxes, backward morals and disregard for the rule of law is the Illinois they created. It’s time for a real transformation in the state of Illinois,” he said.
McCann is an anti-abortion politician with a 100-percent rating from the Illinois Citizens for Life organization in 2016, according to VoteSmart.org. He also had a 100-percent rating from the NRA in 2016. And the Illinois Parent Teacher Association gave him a 100-percent position rating.
Even before he announced his gubernatorial run, McCann had announced that he wouldn’t seek re-election as a Republican in the 50th District. He was first elected to the Illinois Senate in 2010.
On April 16, International Union of Operating Engineers Local 150 gave McCann’s campaign fund $50,000. That same union endorsed Pritzker in the primary.
McCann has a total of $192,325.58 in his campaign coffers as of March 31, 2018, according to the Illinois Campaign for Political Reform Illinois Sunshine project. Rauner has $38,626,888.30 on hand and Pritzker has $8,128,945.62.
As a third party candidate, McCann needs to get 25,000 signatures by June 25 to qualify to be on the ballot.
The general election takes place on Tuesday, Nov. 6.