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Sen. Brady Chooses Former Long Grove Mayor As Running Mate

Maria Rodriguez

Maria Rodriguez speaks after Illinois Republican gubernatorial candidate state Sen. Bill Brady introduces her as his lieutenant governor running mate at a news conference Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013, in Chicago. Rodriguez is a small business owner and served eight years as mayor of Long Grove, Ill., before joining the Brady campaign ticket. (M. Spencer Green/AP)

Republican state Sen. Bill Brady is naming former Long Grove Mayor Maria Rodriguez as his gubernatorial running mate.

The Bloomington businessman and 2010 GOP nominee for governor made the formal announcement Tuesday at an event at the Union League Club in Chicago.

Rodriguez served two terms as mayor and lost in the 8th Congressional District Republican primary in 2010 to Joe Walsh. She has been involved with the conservative watchdog group For the Good of Illinois and several Catholic women's groups.  As mayor, she considered economic development one of her top accomplishments.

Having a suburban female on the ticket could boost Brady's chances in the collar counties. 

Brady is the third of four primary candidates to have announced their lieutenant governor selections. Venture capitalist Bruce Rauner's pick is still outstanding.

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