Biss announces Chicago alderman Ramirez-Rosa as running mate

Fri. September 1, 2017 9:38 AM by News Staff

carlos ramirez-rosa (left) with state sen. daniel biss

photo credit // facebook/carlosforchicago
Chicago, IL - State Sen. Daniel Biss (D-Evanston) on Thursday announced Chicago alderman Carlos Ramirez-Rosa as his running mate and choice for lieutenant governor in the 2018 Illinois gubernatorial election.

Serving the 35th Ward on Chicago's northwest side since 2015, Ramirez-Rosa is the youngest current alderman and first openly gay Latino to serve on the Chicago City Council.

Ramirez-Rosa is a member of the Democrat Socialists of America and was elected as a delegate for Sen. Bernie Sanders to the 2016 Democratic National Convention.

As a former community organizer with the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, Ramirez-Rosa has made issues surrounding immigration, as well as higher taxes on the wealthy, central to his own platform.

Biss is among eight candidates, including J.B. Pritzker and Chris Kennedy, vying for the Democratic nomination to challenge incumbent Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner in November 2018.