Social Media is Venue for Running Mate Announcements

Republican gubernatorial candidate and current state treasurer Dan Rutherford took to Twitter yesterday to give hints about his lieutenant governor candidate.

2014 marks the first time that governor and lieutenant governor candidates will run together on one ticket in Illinois.

It looks like Rutherford’s choice is Stephen Kim, a former special assistant to Governor Jim Edgar. Kim was the GOP’s 2010 candidate for attorney general. He got about one-third of the vote for that job, losing out to Lisa Madigan.

In Edgar’s administration, Kim advised the governor on matters of international trade and Asian Affairs.

Rutherford is expected to confirm his running mate decision on social media today.

One of his GOP opponents – Kirk Dillard – has promised his supporters an Instagram video sneak peak of his running mate announcement today.

Dillard is expected to announce tomorrow that Jil Tracy, a state representative from Quincy, will be his running mate. Tracy is an SIU grad who was born in Carbondale and also lived in Anna.

Tomorrow is the first day that candidates can seek signatures to be put on the primary ballot for next spring.

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