CHICAGO - Former Congresswoman Debbie Halvorson, who was once Senate President Emil Jones' right hand, lost the 2012 Democratic primary to Jesse Jackson Jr. Now she's decided she's going to try again in a special election to succeed Jackson, who resigned last week, citing health reasons.
A second candidate, Rev. Anthony Williams, who ran as a write in candidate in Jackson's 2nd CD last November, also announced Sunday he's seeking the Democratic nomination.
No word yet from the Republicans, although Brian Woodworth, who failed to oust Jackson in November, asked his Facebook followers whether he should try again in the special election. Former 2nd CD candidate Isaac Hayes, conservatie online magazine editor Eric Wallace and former Markham alderman John Arrington reportedly are also being encouraged to get in the race.
Governor Quinn is expected to announce Monday the date of the special primary and general election schedule. Estimates are the Jackson fill in election could cost the state in excess of $5 M.