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Former Rep. Halvorson Sets Sights on JJJ's Seat

After losing to former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr., former Illinois Rep. Debbie Halvorson has announced her intention to run for the set he has vacated, in a special election planned for the spring.

Former Illinois State Rep. Debbie Halvorson announced her candidacy to replace former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.’s newly vacant seat, according to the Chicago Tribune. This news comes only months after Halvorson lost to incumbent Jackson for the position in the March 2012 Democratic primary. 

Halvorson is known for being the first female Illinois state senate majority leader. She also formerly served as an 11th District Representative in state congress.

Former Rep. Jackson recently resigned from his position as 2nd District Representative Nov. 21, after winning re-election just a couple weeks prior. Plans for the special election have yet to be determined, but officials are estimating the financial burden of Jackson’s resignation to range in the millions. 

Carla J. November 26, 2012 at 12:56 PM
The voters rejected Debbie her last two elections by significant margins. She must have an enormous ego to run again. We need young blood in this seat with a different vision, not a recycled loser. I strongly encourage Debbie to step aside and for the voters to reject her candidacy.
Beverly C. November 26, 2012 at 02:59 PM
I strongly disagree. Debbie is down to earth, people friendly candidate. She would make an excellent Representative. She did a wonderful job and will do so again. Vote for a person who will do good for the common people. Beverly C. Crete
SRJ November 26, 2012 at 03:02 PM
I agree w/ Beverly!
Maggie W November 26, 2012 at 03:31 PM
Very exciting news! Best of luck to Debbie.
ridgeroadmike November 26, 2012 at 03:48 PM
She will not win. This district is primarily a Chicago district. My guess is that the winner will come from the city, not the southland. So, she won't win, Toi Hutchinson won't win, NOBODY from this part of the district has a chance to win. In my opinion.
James Taylor November 26, 2012 at 05:19 PM
You may certainly be correct ridgeroamike but we must try! As a Republican who lost to Brian Woodworth in the last Republican Primary, I plan to run again and with hopes of winning. I think people in this district have just had enough of being pawns in the Jackson, Danny Davis and Bobby Rush circus.
Denice November 26, 2012 at 06:21 PM
If the voters put on their thinking caps it is possible that JJJ has greatly hampered the chances of a Democratic replacement for him. I mean seriously....are you going to trust any Democrats that are endorsed by the same endorsers of JJJ? It is my hope that this fiasco with JJJ has taught those that supported him simply because of his party affliation, name or race to vote for the candidate that best represents your wants---NO MATTER his/her party affiliation, name or race. Support the candidate that has an understanding of what our district needs, whether that candidate be a Republican, Independent or Write-In.
Dinkum November 26, 2012 at 08:02 PM
While I agree with the sentiment of your post Denice I doubt D2 Jackson voters (over 100,000 of them) will set aside party line or race. And of all the posts I've seen on Patch not one person has admitted to voting for MIA Jackson or why they did to begin with (but you can bet most if not all of the local elected Democrats voted for their own kind including MIA JJ). No, those of us who must live with the uninformed and their behaviors will continue to suffer. Unless we leave and that is exactly what I plan to do.
Dinkum November 26, 2012 at 08:04 PM
See, that's just it James. They have not had enough or this would have stopped years ago. D2 Jackson voters will vote largely by party line and race. That's the history, and that's the future.
Michael Wright November 26, 2012 at 08:09 PM
I think Debbie's overall experience will be of benefit. I also believe her successor at the State level, now-Sen. Toi Hutchinson, would be an excellent choice to represent our 2nd Congressional District. As soon as we know who is going to run, then We The People have to keep in mind which candidate can best serve our district with the most possible experience. I agree with Carla J. that we also "need young blood" but I believe we need to have experience first to fill the rest of JJJ's term, then I'd like to see a woman elected to this position and right now, depending upon who tosses their hats into the ring, it could be Debbie H., Sen. Toi or current Cook Co. Pres. Preckwinkle. I personally would like to see Preckwinkle in there! Stand firm, stand your ground and don't stand for any of the typicla "but that's how we do things" shenanigans that have plagued our State and County for far too long. Thank You.
Michael Wright November 26, 2012 at 08:11 PM
Excuse me. I mis-typed the word "typical". Thank You.
Juvenal November 26, 2012 at 09:35 PM
By all account the highlight of Debbie's career was her years selling makeup for Mary Kay; the Tribune's last endorsement of JJJ noted that after an appearance before their editorial board she seemed "shockingly unqualified" to represent IL2. By jumping in first she hopes to freeze out other white candidates certain that the Chicago dem insiders will not be able to keep every two bit alderman and state legislator from jumping in head first. The aldermen are all rubber-stamps, the state legislators have all done nothing to stop the state's financial devastation, and Debbie is, to put it nicely, a seat-warmer at best. Sad.....
BUTCH November 26, 2012 at 11:38 PM
what is SHOCKING is JUVIE'S whining on her jumping in could he be waiting for a new stalking horse for MANNY and the GOP ZIONISTS who gave JJ Sr the seat in 95!
BUTCH November 27, 2012 at 07:13 PM
now as expected Nap. Harris NEWLY elected State Rep former Pro football player and owner of 2 Beggar Pizza's joined the circus parade to replace JJJ, I am sure most voters expected him to be in SPRFLD for more than a month, let's say he wins so then we have to hold another special election to fill the vacancy, don't VOTE for him or anyone who requires a special election or who will be picked by MADIGOON.
I Think, Therefore I Vote November 28, 2012 at 07:11 PM
To those of you who are actually registered voters in the 2nd District. I urge You follow Beverly C's suggestion. Debbie Halvorson was the ONE candidate to challenge Jesse Jackson Jr., in any election, in years. I have previously written that, we voters in the 2nd District "got what we deserved" in the March Primary. We now have the chance to work toward, what we need. I intend to support and vote for Debbie on February 26th., I respectfully request, You do so as well. Michael ... A Voter in the New 2nd Congressional District
lala November 28, 2012 at 07:18 PM
Help us all! I hear Mel Reynolds is planning on running too.
Anita November 28, 2012 at 08:13 PM
Mel R AND perhaps JJJ's brother are said to be filing to run. Come on. This is like Stroger all over again. Wake up and support Debbie H! She is qualified... had the nerve to run against JJJ in the primary... and is a straight talker.
Jetta December 07, 2012 at 02:56 PM
I am Black, did NOT vote for JJJ in the primary or in November. Voted for Halvorson in the primary, and the republican fellow in November. Anybody but JJJ, a smug, self-serving non-representative for the 2nd. His office in Homewood was non-responsive to constituents. Be careful with all that young blood talk, it is ageist. A person's qualifications include education, experience, vision, and ability to communicate, among other things. Race is not a factor, neither is age, gender, or religion. Mel. R is a molester, most of the clowns who are no longer afraid to throw their hat in the ring since JJJ resigned are not worthy of consideration. Halvorson demonstrated courage by opposing JJJ in the primary, none of these other latecomers were brave enough. I'm not moving and I know that the 2nd can finally have effective representation if people would just become informed and lose their fear. Whites need to stop voting their race also, they love to accuse Blacks of doing this but they do it all the time. Have a great day.
Jetta December 07, 2012 at 02:58 PM
"I Think Therefore I Vote"-love this handle! Wish more of the electorate would do this.
Judity F. January 09, 2013 at 06:27 AM
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.
BUTCH January 10, 2013 at 06:21 PM
I was torn between Debbie and this candidate Anthony Williams they will both represent the people and Debbie more of them the Corp are people too my friend as she was part of the Emil Jones leadership team and that I say is a reason not to vote for her or any corporate DEMOPUB which now simply means she will be a part of the BI-Partisanship -CORPORATIONS are bigger people, most of the candidates are the same and many are just praying for the day when they can join in on the gravy train like Mel once more, in my opinion Williams will be the progressive and a actual represenative that we have not had for more than 20 years the longest time without any representation in congressional history

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