Gov. J.B. Pritzker explains why he’s running for reelection in a roughly three minute video posted Monday. | Screenshot from Twitter

Pritzker’s decision to seek another term is no surprise despite the governor’s recent comments that he was still making up his mind. The billionaire Democrat dropped $35 million into his campaign fund in March, at the time calling it a “preventative measure” to protect against Republican attacks on the “Democratic agenda.”

Gov. J.B. Pritzker officially launched his reelection bid Monday, releasing a three-minute video that leans on his response to the COVID-19 pandemic as a main reason behind why he deserves a second term.

“Look, I may not have gotten every decision right, but at every step along the way I followed the science, and focused on protecting the lives and livelihoods of the people,” Pritzker says in the announcement video.

“Part of why I’m running for reelection is because I watched the heroes across our state step up and do the right thing. We had so much to accomplish, and we were able to do that together. I’m very proud of all of the people of the state of Illinois, and we have so much more we can do together.”

The video, which was released on Twitter Monday afternoon, features news clips that lay out signature pieces of Pritzker’s pandemic response, such as the push to get personal protective equipment in the hands of healthcare workers, covering emergency childcare for frontline workers and providing funds for small businesses.

The video also featured soundbites from registered nurses, physicians and mayors who stumped for the governor, calling him brave and lauding his leadership.

“It doesn’t matter whether you’re in a big town, or a small town, Gov. Pritzker guided us with leadership that got us to this point,” Rochelle Mayor John Bearrows says in the video.

Big news: I’m running for re-election.

We’ve been through a lot, and I’ve been so proud to see Illinoisans come together during the toughest of times. I’m excited to fight for the state I love with @JulianaforLG, and there’s no limit to what we can do going forward. pic.twitter.com/r5UXILlrb3

— JB Pritzker (@JBPritzker) July 19, 2021

Pritzker’s decision to seek another term is no surprise despite the governor’s recent comments that he was still making up his mind.

The billionaire Democrat dropped $35 million into his campaign fund in March, at the time insisting that wasn’t a glimpse of the likely pricey campaign to come but rather a “preventative measure” to protect against Republican attacks on the “Democratic agenda.”

Two Democrats — Beverly Miles, a registered nurse and West Garfield Park resident, and Keisha Smith — have launched bids, each hoping to be Illinois’ first Black woman governor. Pritzker’s deep pockets and name recognition will make that difficult.

Pritzker’s current Republican rivals include suburban businessman Gary Rabine, state Sen. Darren Bailey and former state Sen. Paul Schimpf of Waterloo.

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