Evanston’s state senator and a candidate for Illinois governor on the Democratic ticket, Daniel Biss, has selected Chicago Alderman Carlos Ramirez-Rosa as his running mate and choice for lieutenant governor.

He announced his selection at a rally last night in Chicago’s Logan Square.

Biss described his running mate as the grandson of immigrants, the son of educators, and a lifelong Illinoisan.

“As a community organizer, congressional caseworker, and now alderman of Chicago’s 35th Ward, Ramirez-Rosa has worked to put middle class and working families first,” he said.

On the Chicago City Council, Biss added, “Carlos has fought to make sure city resources benefit local neighborhoods instead of big corporations. Carlos has successfully led legislative efforts to win property tax relief for working class homeowners, paid sick leave for Chicago workers, equality for transgender people in public facilities, and accountability and transparency on municipal financial transactions.”

He said that his new running mate was a congressional caseworker in the office of U.S. Congressman Luis Gutierrez, where he “helped seniors, veterans, and families cut through government red tape as he streamlined the delivery of constituent services.”

In a news release announcing his selection, Biss said that Ramirez-Rosa was the first openly gay Latino elected to the Chicago City Council and that in 2016, he was a delegate for the presidential bid of Sen. Bernie Sanders. 

Charles Bartling

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio...

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  1. Questionable Choice

    Not much to say here? Sounds like a questionable choice by a State Senator who has done nothing but looking for ways to raise taxes and fees for Evanston taxpayers. Some of which have actually passed.

  2. Disappointing choice

    Biss’s selection of Chicago Alderman Carlos Ramirez-Rosa is disappointing.

    Daniel had an opportunity to select someone with gravitas, yet he chose a very young (28 years old), and inexeperienced Chicago Alderman. Biss must remember that the Governor of Illinois is elected to lead and represent all of the people in our great state.

    The State of Illinois has many problems and issues to address and we need leaders who are willing and capable of getting things done starting on Day 1. Daniel has demonstrated this capacity as State Representative and State Senator, but Carlos Ramirez-Rosa has not.

    Another challenge for this ticket is that both Daniel and Carlos are appealing to far left liberal constituents. They are drafting in the vacuum left by Bernie Sanders. While there are many of that ilk in Evanston and Chicago, will they be able to cast their net wide enough to capture collar county and downstate voters?

    1. It’s the same choice…
      The machine is alive and well, spitting out straw candidates. More are coming our way soon.

  3. More identity politics

    Biss chooses a 28 year old  inexperienced Chicago alderman as a running mate. Why? He’s hispanic and Biss, like a good Democrat, pulls out  the identity politics play out of the party’s playbook.

    Remember, Rosa voted to approve a $1 billion property tax hike for properties valued over 250k. It was the largest tax hike in Chicago history. And it will do nothing to alleviate the waste and spending at Chicago public schools or goverment union pension trainwreck.

    Want KIng Madigan to continue ripping off Illinois taxpayers then vote Democrat. 

    Your choice. Your vote.

  4. This choice is irrelevant for

    This choice is irrelevant for the governor’s contest.  It is clear Biss has no interest in being governor — he is simply looking to broaden name recognition and build a campaign war chest through the elite liberal contributions in order to replace Jan S. when she retires.

  5. A great team

    I think Biss/Rosa make a great team, and I am once again surprised to find that the commenters on this blog disproportionately represent a right-leaning political viewpoint. 

  6. B-bye

    Less than a week later, Biss has dropped Ramirez-Rosa as his running mate. His new pick has yet to be named, but he doesn’t have much time left. The split occurred when Ramirez-Rosa apparently changed his mind and said he supports the Palestinian-led movement to boycott companies that do business with Israel. Biss has an Israeli mother, his grandparents survived the Holocaust, and he had great grandparents who did not survive the Holocaust, so obviously Ramirez-Rosa’s stance on that issue is deeply personal to Biss.

  7. What does this say about his checking and judgement

    Whether he was right about dumping Carlos Ramirez-Rosa, I think it does call into question how deeply he investigating people/issues. Many thought the pick [Chicago alderman] was odd,, but the real question is how Biss handles things—esp. his legislation and policy.

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