Without formally announcing his candidacy, Jonathan Jackson (D), son of Rev. Jesse Jackson and brother to former Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr. (D-Chicago), has filed a congressional committee with the Federal Election Commission. It appears Mr. Jackson, a construction company owner, will attempt to succeed retiring Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Chicago).
Should he file for the office before the March 14th deadline, Mr. Jackson will enter a crowded Democratic primary that already features 14 candidates, including Rep. Rush’s endorsed contender, Chicago-Cook County Workforce Partnership CEO Karin Norrington-Reaves. The Illinois primary is June 28th. The state has no runoff law, so the eventual party nominee - winning the Democratic nomination is tantamount to general election victory in the 1st District - will likely win with a low plurality percentage.
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