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Biss picks Chicago alderman as his running mate

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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 stations and business-oriented magazines.

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