Black Politics

The Race is on to Replace Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.

Just a few days after his resignation from Congress, those who were biting to replace Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. are now lining up to get their own chance at leadership.  The Congressman recently sent a letter to US House Speaker John Boehner, stating that he will no longer be able to serve his district.

“Yes, I’m interested,” said Sam Adam Jr., the attorney who represented former Gov. Rod Blagojevich. “To be honest, I would love it because I look at it as the ultimate voice for the voiceless.”

Others have also stated their intention to take over the vacant seat.  State Sen. Toi Hutchinson of Olympia Fields says that he’s ready to make his move as well.   At least 10 people have stated their interest in the position, which is going to make for a crowded and interesting political battle.

Ald. Anthony Beale, Ald. Will Burns, Sen. Kwame Raoul, former Cook County Board President Todd Stroger, Mel Reynolds and Jackson’s wife, Ald. Sandi Jackson have all expressed interest in making a run at it.

Former Rep. Debbie Halvorson said that she’s ready to fight for the opportunity herself.

“This is going to be a very short election,” Halvorson said, “and we need to make sure that the day after the election, someone is going to be there hitting the ground running and make sure we bring back what resources we need for this district.”

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