22 Candidates, One Seat: Who Will Replace Jackson as 2nd District Representative?

The filing deadline has passed and the candidates have added their names to the list, but who will you vote for?

We now have a much clearly picture of what at least part of the ballot will look like for 2nd District voters this February, with 17 Democrats and five Republicans having filed their petitions before the Jan. 7 deadline. 

The list has plenty of notable South Suburban names, including state Sen. Toi Hutchinson, whose office is in Chicago Heights. Hutchinson announced her candidacy in a Local Voices post on Patch and has been considered a front-runner by some. 

Then there's former U.S. Rep. Debbie Halvorson, of Crete. She lost to former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. in last year's primary election for the same seat. Are her chances any better this year?

Former state Rep. Robin Kelly, of Matteson, is another contender. She recently left her position as chief administrative officer for Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and has been focusing her efforts on the race.

On the Republican side, there is James H. Taylor Sr., of Bradley, who ran against Brian Woodworth in last year's primary. Lenny McAllister, of Maywood, is running as a Republican, though some of his views lean more to the left than the right. 

Of the 22 candidates, 14 are in the South Suburbs. Who will you be voting for on Feb. 26? 


  • Toi Hutchinson, of Olympia Fields
  • Anthony Williams, of Dolton
  • Joyce Washington, of Chicago
  • Patrick O. Brutus, of Chicago
  • Ernest B. Fenton, of Markham
  • Robin Kelly, of Matteson
  • Anthony Beale, of Chicago
  • Mel Reynolds, of Dolton
  • Fatimah N. Muhammad, of Chicago
  • Larry D. Pickens, of Chicago
  • Clifford J. Eagleton, of Harvey
  • Victor Jonathan, of Country Club Hills
  • Gregory Haynes, of Lynwood
  • Debbie Halvorson, of Crete
  • Napoleon Harris, of Flossmoor
  • Charles Rayburn, of Dolton
  • John Blyth, of Chicago


  • Lenny McAllister, of Maywood
  • Paul McKinley, of Chicago
  • James H. Taylor Sr., of Bradley
  • Eric M. Wallace, of Flossmoor
  • Beverly E. Reid, of Chicago

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Jim J January 17, 2013 at 03:46 PM
I would like each candidate to state how he or she feels about The Presidents proposal on guns. This issue is important and will be waiting for the person who get elected to represent the 2nd district.
laurie fuentes February 03, 2013 at 01:01 PM
I couldn't agree more Jim, after seeing the ad on Debbie's stance on guns she has my vote!!! She protects the 2nd amendment!!!!
Debra February 20, 2013 at 05:06 PM
Your support sounds good. Too bad it's not even close to the truth. Halvorson has repeatedly voted against bills that would have been benefitial to Illinois. Halvorson also voted against extending unemployment benefits, but voted in favor of lower inheritance taxes for the rich, namely couples with estates valuing more than $10 million. Who does Halvorson represent?
Debra February 20, 2013 at 05:07 PM
Considering Illinois voted Jessie Jackson Jr back into office while he was in the mental ward, I don't have much hope on who will win his open seat. Pick the biggest thief and that's who will be given the seat.
Fatimah Muhammad February 22, 2013 at 03:16 PM
Oh, the poli-tricks !?! Gotta let the record reflect what else happened at Monday's candidates forum in Matteson, IL hosted by the beautiful people of Victory Apostolic Church and sponsored by AARP / WVON / V103 / AM-1390. The event started at 2pm as scheduled. After we, the 11 participating candidates, took our seats (btw, I was seated in the middle with Robin Kelly on my right) -- the following text messages were sent to/from my mobile phone. 2:04pm - "ASA. If you're serious about a future in politics you should consider giving your support to Robin Kelly at todays Candidates Forum. Matthew" 2:04pm - (my reply) "Timing ?" 2:10pm - "You got the media today and can make yourself look good on stage with Robin" 2:28pm - "Each candidate usually gets a final comment. Wait until then to make your dramatic and heartfelt announcement of support. Then we need to make sure her campaign website acknowledges your support" Everybody and the media recordings already reflect that I did not comply. ...whew, still smh :-)


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