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Ameya Pawar drops out of Illinois governor's race

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WSIL -- Chicago Alderman Ameya Pawar is dropping out the race for Illinois governor.

Pawar made the announcement Thursday morning on social media, citing a lack of money as the reason for his decision.

"We simply don't have the money to meaningfully scale this campaign statewide. 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. I have a young family, and we decided not to take on more personal debt right now. As to cutting staff, I simply refuse," said Pawar.

Pawar said his campaign raised $828 thousand from more than 2,500 donor, but noted the race for governor is expected to be the most expensive in American history.

"For democracy's sake, I hope we see this as a troubling trend. My donors did the best they could, I'm the one who came up short, but I am not ashamed," said Pawar.

In August, Pawar chose Cairo mayor Tyrone Coleman as his Lt. Governor running mate and highlighted the plight of the people in the community.

"Cairo captured a piece of my heart, and I look forward to working together to put a spotlight on Cairo and communities all over the state as they fight for investment," said Pawar. " I urge every campaign for governor to meet Mayor Coleman and his constituents. Cairo deserves all of our attention."

Coleman could not be reached for comment on Thursday morning. 

Pawar also announced he was launching a new political action committee called One Illinois "to organize young people around progressive issues and fight the false and bigoted divides around race, class, and geography."

Democratic candidate for governor Daniel Biss was the first gubernatorial competitor to Pawar's announcement, tweeting "Ameya, you've been a friend for yrs—esp. proud to call you a friend this year. It's hard but hope you're proud of the campaign you've run."

J.B. Pritzker said, "I want to thank Ameya Pawar for being a part of this race and running a positive campaign focused on our party’s progressive values."

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