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Let the Filing Begin: 2nd District Candidates Look to Lead the Ballot

Five Democrats threw their name in the hat to replace former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. this morning.

The ballot battle began this morning, with five candidates having filed candidacy petitions before 8 a.m. to join the 2nd Congressional District special election race. 

Chicago's 9th Ward Ald. Anthony Beale, filed first, but was followed by state Sen. Toi Hutchinson, whose office is in Chicago Heights, according to the Chicago Tribune. Also filing before 8 a.m. was former state Rep. Robin Kelly, state senate-elect Napoleon Harris and Clifford Eagleton of Harvey.

Meeting the early deadline means the candidates will have a shot at appearing at the top of the ballot. A lottery will be held next Tuesday to determine which of the five early-filing candidates will take the top spot. Filing for the highly-coveted seat ends Monday.

No Republicans filed before the early deadline, according to the Tribune.

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Stuart Kurtz January 08, 2013 at 09:14 PM
Dinkum: you're the man hiding behind an alias, with an empty profile, calling a man with a name a coward. I guess your mother's skirts weren't available. I agree that Jackson was no bargain at this point in his career, and that he should have resigned long before the primary. But he didn't. He probably could have resigned before the election, and had the party nominate someone (remember the Stroger affair). But he didn't. But I believe that even an absent, ill, indicted Jackson was a better choice for the 2nd and for this country than Brian Woodworth, and voted accordingly. If you disagree, that's fine, and I don't disrespect you for that. I disrespect you for your rudeness and cowardice.
Dinkum January 08, 2013 at 10:03 PM
I do not hide SK. I have my own reasons for using this name. I do not know if your name is real or not (or anyone else who posts here). It does not matter to me. Jackson no bargain? That's almost laughable. And the way you casually accept $5M in unnecessary expense must mean you can afford it or D2 doesn't need it. I think no on both counts. "Even an absent, ill, indicted Jackson was a better choice...". He proved he was not the better choice. He's not here. But he (and his supporters like you) left us on the hook for $5M. That's better for D2 and the country? Spin your logic on that one.
Stuart Kurtz January 08, 2013 at 10:31 PM
No spinning required. Woodworth would have been a reliable Republican vote, and Republican policies have cost our country dearly in recent years in lives and treasure lost. No vote at all is better than a vote for obstruction. The issue here isn't Jackson per se, it's whether 2nd is better served by a Democrat or a Republican. Obviously, I believe it would be better served by a Democrat. Anyway, the $5M estimate you give is based on the notion that the primaries and the general cannot be piggy-backed onto already scheduled elections. But the can, thanks in the case of the general election to new legislation. The primary has already been schedule to coincide with pre-existing municipal primaries, and the general election with pre-existing municipal general elections. There will undoubtedly be some incremental cost, but it will be much, much less than you suggest. As for your own reasons for not using your name or identifying yourself: it can only be that you don't want your opinions associated with your true name.
Dinkum January 08, 2013 at 11:01 PM
Ah, but no vote is the "coward's path". But still an option. The "Jackson issue" only reflects the mindset of voters like you and other party line Democrats. Could have been avoided if Jackson or D2 voters had shown a ounce of political courage. Since you believe it will be less I'm fine with you footing the bill (rally the other Jackson voters to help out). As for my reasons, they are mine. You may make any assumptions or unfounded claims. You're rather good at it.
Judity F. January 09, 2013 at 07:06 AM
I agree. Check out www.voteAnthonyWWilliams.com Compare, then decide. I support Anthony W. Williams who does work tirelessly unlike those currently in office, the newly elected and others running. When have they personally advocated for us on any issue? Did they advocate for Rocky when his school insurance capped and the state was about to yank benefits from him: the state stealing from retirees' pensions, closing mental health clinics, hospitals? Yet silence among those who say they will see that we receive justice. I guess not one issue was important enough to anyone except Anthony W. Williams resulting in Clark keeping insurance status, 40k coming forward and retirees receiving refunds. Williams was blocking projects in Englewood, etc. before Gardner. Think how much more he would do once elected! Don't vote for people just because "they have been there, they are there or they say what they will do when they get there. Go by what they have and are doing. Give votes to those who have EARNED them.

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