Chicago Alderman Ameya Pawar ends gubernatorial campaign

'We simply don't have the money to meaningfully scale this campaign statewide.'

CHICAGO - Chicago Alderman Ameya Pawar says he is ending his campaign for Illinois governor in an article posted on his website. Pawar blames finances for not being able to expand resources and it would either boil down to added personal debt to his 'young family' or to cut staff.

"We raised $828k from 2,526 donors; that is amazing. But as you know, the race for Illinois governor will set a record as the costliest race in American history," said Pawar. "For democracy’s sake, I hope we see this as a troubling trend. My donors did the best they could, I’m the one who came up short, but I am not ashamed."

Pawar also said that his campaign had enough volunteers, the signatures and the right message. Pawar did use Thursday's announcement to launch a new political action committee. One Illinois is set to organize young people around progressive issues and fight the false and bigoted divides around race, class, and geography. His website will release more information on One Illinois in the coming weeks.


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