Rauner chooses Wheaton city councilwoman as running mate
October 8, 2013 9:06AM
Updated: October 8, 2013 1:03PM
SPRINGFIELD-A Wheaton city councilwoman is going to be Republican gubernatorial hopeful Bruce Rauner’s running mate, his campaign announced early Tuesday.
Evelyn Sanguinetti, a lawyer whose parents immigrated from Ecuador and Cuba, hits three key demographics for the Republican contender for governor: suburban mom, Latino and Springfield outsider.
“Evelyn is the perfect partner to shake up Springfield,” Rauner said in his campaign release that described her as living the “American Dream,” pointing to her work under former Attorney General Jim Ryan and her continuing teaching at her alma mater, the John Marshall Law School.
“She grew up in poverty, relying on public assistance, and worked hard to become an Illinois assistant attorney general, a city council member and a teacher at the very law school that gave her the opportunity to work for this state,” Rauner said.
“She has the talent and guts to take on the lobbyists, special interests and career politicians that are destroying this state and eliminating opportunities for the next generation,” Rauner said.
Sanguinetti is married and the mother of three children and was elected to the Wheaton City Council in 2011. She has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, but Rauner’s campaign said the disease is in check and that she “hasn’t let it slow her down.”
Rauner will be announcing his running mate during a two-day statewide swing that starts this morning in Chicago and hits stops in Rockford, the Quad Cities, Marion, Quincy and Peoria.