Representative Jeanne Ives hosts meet and greet in Jacksonville

Ives is the only other Republican running against Governor Rauner compared to the seven Democrats. (WICS)

Residents in Jacksonville had a special meet and greet with State Representative Jeanne Ives.

The meet up was held at the Hamilton and about 80 people made it out.

Ives is running as a Republican candidate against current Governor Bruce Rauner.

The event was a way for residents to get to know what Ives stands for and topics she'll be fighting for if she's put in office.

Ives said meet and greets are so important when running.

"Well because you can't run an effective campaign and connect with people unless you're out in front of them,” Republican candidate for Governor Jeanne Ives said. “You can't do it via press release or via some slick commercial."

Ives is the only other Republican running against Governor Rauner compared to the seven Democrats.

Ives is also the only female running for Governor.

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