Names surface to replace Jesse Jackson Jr.

Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.’s resignation from Congress leaves his seat in Illinois’s 2nd District open for a special election, and local Democrats are already considering names.

A top option would be Debbie Halvorson, who represented Illinois’s 11th District for one term, from 2009-11, and lost her bid against Jackson this year when he picked up over 70 percent of the vote in the primary.

Halvorson said in an email to The Hill that she has “not yet decided what I’m going to do,” but indicated she’s been asked to jump in the race.
“My phone has been ringting [sic] off the hook, and I have been getting messages from people every way they can get them to me that I need to run,” she said, adding “I hope to make my decision soon.”
Another previous Jackson opponent, Mel Reynolds, who held Jackson’s seat from 1993-95 before him, is a possible contender, according to the Chicago Tribune. Reynolds, however, was convicted for sexual assault and bank fraud in the 90s, and lost his primary bid against Jackson in 2004.

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