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Rep. Skillicorn backs Kash Jackson in race for governor

Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and his Democratic opponent, J.B. Pritzker, continue to lead the polls and campaign spending, but one lawmaker believes the only way to save Illinois is by voting outside of the two mainstream parties.

Rep. Allen Skillicorn, R-East Dundee, is endorsing Libertarian candidate Grayson “Kash” Jackson for governor, according to a news release from Jackson’s camp sent Monday.

Skillicorn said in the release that the state’s government is dysfunctional, and residents need a third voice.

“He’s authentic, he’s one of us, and he wants to make a difference for everyone,” Skillicorn said in the release. “I support Kash, and I’m voting for him.”

During the March primary, Skillicorn backed Rep. Jeanne Ives for governor, referring to Rauner as a failed leader both as governor and head of the Illinois Republican Party. He added that Rauner divided the party, as Republicans were unable to find candidates for offices such as treasurer or comptroller.

Jackson, formerly known as Benjamin Adam Winderweedle, said in the release that if he could have chosen an endorsement from any elected Republican representative, it would have been Skillicorn.

“I am honored to have the endorsement of a principled Republican that doesn’t capitulate to the influence of money or power,” Jackson said in the release. “[Skillicorn] says what he means, and he means what he says. Allen’s approach has always been to represent his constituents, defend the Constitution and focus on sound policy.”

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