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Christopher Kennedy picks gubernatorial running mate

Gubernatorial candidate Christopher Kennedy has chosen his running mate. (Courtesy: Kennedy for Illinois)

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Christopher Kennedy has chosen a man who lost his son to gun violence in Chicago as his running mate.

Ra Joy is the Executive Director of Change Illinois.

It's a coalition of civic, business and labor groups.

His 23-year-old son, Xavier Joy, was shot and killed in June, apparently by someone trying to steal his cell phone.

Kennedy says Joy's work on expanding voter registration was an important lesson to the young to get involved in politics.

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