ILLINOIS -- The crowded race for governor just got another candidate.
Democratic State Senator Daniel Biss announced his bid for the governor's office on Facebook Live Monday morning. His senate seat, in the 9th District, is also up for election in 2018.
The deadline for candidates to file for the seat is usually around late November or early December. That timeline gives Biss roughly eight months to raise enough funding and support to prove he can pose a real challenge to more popular candidates like Chris Kennedy, more connected candidates like Chicago City Treasurer Kurt Summers, or wealthier potential candidates like billionaire J.B. Pritzker.
The 39-year old has represented portions of the northern Chicago suburbs in Springfield since 2008. The Evanston native graduated from Harvard with his undergrad and from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with his Ph.D. before going on to teach mathematics at the University of Chicago.
Biss is calling for higher taxes on the rich to close the budget deficit.
The gubernatorial primary will be held in March of 2018.