To the Editor:

I attended the Jan. 30 Democratic Gubernatorial Forum with an open mind and no favored candidate. I left committed to working to support one.

The primary concern of Democratic voters in this primary season must be electability. Governor Rauner has brought Illinois to a state of crisis, and a win in November is critical to the long-term future of Illinois.

JB Pritzker led the most recent poll, but he’s a flawed candidate who leads mostly because of ads purchased with the $42 million he donated to himself. If he is our nominee, Rauner will employ the same strategy Trump used against Hillary, hammering home Pritzker’s FBI wiretap connection to Blagojevich. And it might work. Not only that, but the November election will be a showdown between two billionaires who can afford to ignore the average voter. No matter who wins, Illinois will lose.

Sen. Daniel Biss has clear plans, a track record of electoral success, and a leadership style that emphasizes listening to experts. Most importantly, he has an uplifting vision to change what is possible, and a message of hope that is sorely needed in today’s climate.

The same poll that put Pritzker ahead showed Biss a close second — and 38 percent of Democratic voters still undecided. There's a long way to go before the March 20 primary. While Pritzker’s money has propelled him to an early lead, the final decision is ours. Let’s nominate Daniel Biss, a strong candidate who can defeat Rauner and get Illinois back on track.

Bill Curtin

Carbondale

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