Democratic candidate for governor J.B. Pritzker is laser-focused on local voters.
WMBD got an exclusive look at the campaign’s new ad “Think Big (Peoria)” Monday night, which is scheduled for release Tuesday in the Peoria-Bloomington television market.
The ad highlights stops in Peoria, Bloomington and Stanford, and includes comments from supporters from Edwards and Peoria.
“J.B. has made visiting communities across Illinois a centerpiece of his campaign,” said campaign manager Anne Caprara. “These new ads showcase some of J.B’s most recent visits to the region and the Illinoisans he’s met along the way. Our campaign is about bringing people together to put this state back on the side of working families and J.B’s new ads highlight that.”
Bartonville Police Chief Brian Fengel, a Democratic candidate for Peoria County Sheriff, appears briefly near the end of the ad.
Pritzker isn’t the only candidate to tour the state.
Ameya Pawar’s campaign was the first to launch a statewide bus tour in late July of this year, called the ‘One Illinois” tour.’ The campaign made stops in more than 20 cities in 10 days on that tour. Since Pawar announced his candidacy in January, the campaign has traveled more than 8,000 miles in more than 60 counties to talk with voters about the issues they’re dealing with in the communities. We’re even going to areas that went for Trump in the last election, because Pawar believes to be elected governor, he has to show up and talk to people in every part of the state, no matter who they voted for in the last election. He’s running to be governor of the entire state, not just Democrats in Chicago. Pawar’s commitment to downstate areas is also why he selected Cairo Mayor Tyrone Coleman to be his running mate. He wants to connect the southern Illinois region to the rest of the state and draw the stark parallels to the issues people in Cairo are dealing with to the issues people are dealing with in East St. Louis and Carbondale and in the south and west sides of Chicago.
Tom Elliot, communications director, Pawar for Governor
“Illinois is so fortunate to have so many great candidates running to make the real changes that are so desperately needed to move us all forward,” said Democratic candidate for governor Bob Daiber. “Being from downstate myself and the clear ‘downstate candidate’ I am grateful to hear that others have also started to show an interest in what great things we have to offer outside of Chicago. I am happy to have put downstate Illinois on the map in this race and I am hopeful that all candidates will do what is best for the entire state, not just where they grew up.”
According to the Pritzker campaign, it has made more than 40 stops in central Illinois.