Constitution Party Candidate Announces 2018 Gubernatorial Run

Jan 2, 2017

Randy Stufflebeam is a member of the Constitution Party.

A member of the Constitution Party announced his candidacy for the 2018 Illinois gubernatorial race.  

This comes as incumbent GOP Governor Bruce Rauner deposited $50 million into his campaign account and several Democrats consider whether they'll run against him.   

Randy Stufflebeam says the dysfunction in state government presents an opportunity for a third-party run. He says this is because Democrats and Republicans are engaging in "the betrayal of our constitutions."  

Specifically, he points to a provision in the Illinois Constitution commonly thought to require the governor and legislature to pass balanced budgets.

“It is not a suggestion. It’s not a wish list or anything. It is a mandate," he says.  

Stufflebeam ran for governor in 2006, coming in fourth behind then-Governor Rod Blagojevich. Previously, he spent 22 years in the U.S. Marine Corps.