Irvin, Aurora’s 1st Black Mayor, Makes GOP Bid for Governor

Irvin, Aurora’s 1st Black Mayor, Makes GOP Bid for Governor

Pictured: Aurora Mayor Richard Irvin (via City of Aurora)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Aurora Mayor Richard Irvin has joined the race for Illinois governor.

He announced his campaign on Monday as a Republican challenger to incumbent Democrat J.B. Pritzker. Irvin was elected the first Black mayor of Illinois’ second-largest city in 2017. He is the fifth candidate seeking the GOP spot on the November ballot.

His running mate is Rep. Avery Bourne, a Republican leader in the House.

The Democratic Party of Illinois said Irvin is head of a slate of candidates that has been organized by associates of former GOP Gov. Bruce Rauner and funded by conservative billionaire donor Ken Griffin. Irvin mentioned neither in his announcement.