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Local Democratic leaders make their pick for attorney general

State Sen. Kwame Rauol, the Democratic candidate for Illinois Attorney General.
State Sen. Kwame Rauol, the Democratic candidate for Illinois Attorney General.

Local Democrats have made their choice in the race to succeed Attorney General Lisa Madigan.

The St. Clair County Democratic Central Committee has endorsed State Sen. Kwame Raoul, of Chicago, in the attorney general’s race. Rauol is one of eight Democrats and two Republicans seeking the office now that Madigan is not running for re-election.

“We’re pleased to offer our support for Sen. Kwame Raoul’s campaign to be this state’s next Attorney General,” said St. Clair County Democratic Central Committee Chair Bob Sprague. “Kwame has taken the time to listen to voters from across the Metro East and downstate Illinois. He knows we need a fighter and we know we can depend on him.”

State Rep. Jay Hoffman, D-Swansea, also announced his support for Raoul.

“I’ve been in the trenches with Kwame and I can tell you that he’s tough and has what it takes to be the people’s attorney,” Hoffman said. “He’s the only candidate in this race who has stood toe to toe with Bruce Rauner and won. He’s been my partner in protecting Illinois workers from Bruce Rauner’s Turnaround Agenda and now I want him to be the Metro East’s partner in the attorney general’s office.”

Raoul has previously been endorsed by state Sen. Bill Haine, D-Alton, and the Madison County Democratic Central Committee.

The primary election is scheduled for March 20, with winners going on to the general election in November.

Joseph Bustos: 618-239-2451, @JoeBReporter

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