Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Two More Enter Race to Replace Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.

By Julie Sobel

Two more Democrats entered the special election to replace former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., D-Ill.: State Sen.-elect Napoleon Harris and Alderman Anthony Beale.
 
The brand new state senator and former NFL player told the Chicago Sun-Times Tuesday that he’s in.
 
"I’m running," Harris told the Sun-Times. “The primary reason I chose to run for the state Senate is the heartbeat and the pulse of my constituents. But over the last few months, we’ve gotten overwhelming support to put my name in the ring for the congressional seat.”
 
Harris had nothing but glowing things to say about Jackson.
 
"First and foremost, Jesse Jackson Jr. has been a great congressman, and I would love to continue to do the great work that the congressman has started and completed over the last 17 years," Harris said to the Sun-Times. Harris called Jackson “a role model.”
 
And Roll Call reports that Beale has filed paperwork to run in the special.
 
Harris and Beale join former Rep. Debbie Halvorson in the contest, though a number of others are expected to mount bids for the open seat in the strongly Democratic Second District as well. Check out the potential Democratic contenders here.