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Hardiman: Campaign was “Wake-Up Call” to Public

WGIL Newsroom . 2014 Primary, State News 126

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MAYWOOD, Ill. (AP) — The lesser-known challenger who lost his gubernatorial bid to Gov. Pat Quinn says he won just by entering the race.

Activist Tio Hardiman of Hillside said Tuesday after polls closed that his race for Illinois governor was a “wakeup call” to the public. The anti-violence activist says he enjoyed the political process and will soon announce his future political plans.

Hardiman faced an uphill battle to unseat Quinn.

The anti-violence activist had raised little money, largely self-financing his campaign. He also had personal troubles. He was the head of the Chicago anti-violence group CeaseFire until he was charged with domestic battery last year for allegedly hurting his wife. The charges were later dropped. Hardiman denied wrongdoing, but he lost his job.

Quinn was widely expected to win the Democratic nomination.

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