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State

GOP senator, libertarian candidates enter Illinois governor's race

SPRINGFIELD (AP) – A state senator and a Navy veteran have officially thrown their hats into Illinois’ high-profile and expensive governor’s race.

Republican state Sen. Sam McCann says he filed more than 60,000 signatures Monday to secure a spot on the November ballot against Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and Democrat J.B. Pritzker. McCann needs 25,000 valid signatures to qualify, and a ballot challenge is expected.

McCann is running as a Conservative Party candidate to mount a far-right threat to Rauner, who narrowly defeated conservative state Rep. Jeanne Ives to win the GOP nomination.

The Plainview lawmaker says Rauner has “abandoned” core GOP values. Rauner recently signed laws expanding public funding for abortions and limiting law enforcement interactions with immigrants.

Navy veteran Grayson “Kash” Jackson of Antioch also filed to run as the Libertarian Party candidate for governor.

A slate of Libertarian Party candidates filed nearly 47,700 signatures Monday – nearly double the 25,000 needed for statewide candidates from non-established parties.

Rounding out the Libertarian slate are Sanj Mohip, 47, of Skokie, who works in information technology, for lieutenant governor; Claire Ball, 35, of Addison, a certified public accountant, running for comptroller; attorney Bubba Harsy, 29, of Du Quoin, for attorney general; Mike Leheney, 40, of Bourbonnais, a financial analyst, for treasurer; and Steve Dutner, 41, of Elgin, for secretary of state.

Last week, Mary A. Vann-Metcalf of Chicago filed as an independent for both governor and comptroller.

Monday was the final day for third-party and independent candidates to file. Next Monday is the deadline for objections to third-party and independent nominating petitions to be filed with the State Board of Elections.

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