MARION — Chris Kennedy, a Democratic candidate for Illinois governor, plans to make a campaign stop in Marion on Saturday.

Kennedy will meet up with Ra Joy, his lieutenant governor running mate, at a meet-and-greet hosted by the Southern Illinois Democratic Women’s organization. Kennedy is the son of the late Bobby and Ethel Kennedy and nephew of President John F. Kennedy; Joy, a former executive director of Change, played defensive back for the Southern Illinois University Salukis football team in 1994-95.

The meet-and-greet runs from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Pookie’s Grill, 109 N. Madison, Marion.  The public is invited to attend.

The Democratic primary is March 20, 2018.

Joy, who is a civic entrepreneur, previously served as head of CHANGE Illinois, a nonpartisan coalition that promoted major government reform, according to a media press release.

Thirty years ago, Kennedy moved from Boston to Decatur to work in agriculture for Archer Daniels Midland in Decatur, Peoria and several other cities and towns downstate, according to a press release from the campaign.

“Chris Kennedy’s strong background in education and economic development make him a natural choice for voters in Southern Illinois,” Olney Mayor Mark Lambird has said. “Chris Kennedy is the only candidate who worked in agriculture.”

— The Southern


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Stephanie Esters is a reporter covering Jackson and Union counties.

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