From Ameya Pawar gubernatorial campaign, 2018 via Wikimedia Commons
A Democratic candidate for Governor of Illinois, Ameya Pawar, has recently dropped out of the race due to a lack of funding. Pawar’s primary concern in this election was to discuss progressive issues that have been pushed to the side, specifically institutional racism.
Although Pawar’s message was heard by many, he faced major funding issues and couldn’t move forward with the campaign, American Bazaar reports.
He explained that “without more resources, the only choices for expanding the campaign to a scope that could earn the nomination were to take on more personal debt or to cut staff.” Pawar made it clear to his constituents that he was against both of these alternatives, specifically the latter.
A fellow candidate, Chris Kennedy, expressed his disappointment in Pawar’s unexpected withdrawal from the race. He stated that ” we should all be disappointed in a system where money is driving people out of politics and, in turn, silencing conversations that drive change”.
The Chicago Tribune reports that Pawar is determined to act on his political platform to combat bigotry despite dropping out of the race. He has created an organization aimed at young people called One Illinois to do just that.
Pawar is a strong proponent of political change and believes that it can impact issues such as racism and bigotry. “In order to pass a progressive income tax, in order to move forward on single-payer (health care) or a large capital (public works construction) bill, what we need to do is recognize the politics that keep those things from happening”, he said when questioned about his new committee.
The Democrat has yet to endorse another candidate for Governor of Illinois. One thing that we can be sure of, however, is that Pawar is a force to be reckoned with.
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