Republican candidate for governor Dan Rutherford has his running mate, and he’s no stranger to statewide elections. Rutherford’s pick for lieutenant governor is Northbrook attorney Steve Kim, who unsuccessfully ran for Illinois attorney general in 2010. Rutherford announced the pick via Facebook and Twitter earlier in the week, and introduced him to the press Thursday.
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Rutherford says Kim is capable of stepping into the state’s top office if necessary. “He has been around the state of Illinois, he has met the people out there, he has served in a local elected office,” Rutherford said. “I think those are wonderful credentials to go ahead and start to be the governor if for some reason I’m incapacitated.”
Kim has served as a trustee for Northfield Township. Kim, who was once an adviser to former Gov. Jim Edgar, garnered only 32 percent of the vote running against Attorney General Lisa Madigan. He believes this election will be different. “I hope, with the voters’ consent, that this time we will be able to implement our ideas to grow jobs in Illinois,” Kim said. Kim would be the first Asian-American elected to a statewide office in Illinois.