There are now four Democrats angling for the House seat once occupied by Jesse Jackson Jr.
Governor Patrick “Pat” Quinn announced that the special election’s primary will be held on February 26, and the general election in the heavily Democratic district is tentatively scheduled for March 19. Quinn wants the state assembly to move the general election date to April 9, the same day as an already-scheduled election.
The four declared candidates are Chicago alderman Anthony A. Beale (who spent more of his official office expense account on public relations than any other Chicago alderman), former one-term representative Debbie Halvorson (who lost her 2010 reelction bid after she attacked the military service of GOP rival Adam Kinzinger), state senator–elect Napoleon Harris, and conveniently pre-indicted former representative Mel Reynolds, convicted of statutory rape and bank fraud in 1995.
Truly, a stellar lineup. Actually, Harris is a genuine all-star of sorts, having played in the NFL for several years and been named to named to the Pro Football Weekly All-Rookie team in 2001.
UPDATE: Also being mentioned as a candidate: Alderman Will Burns, who was Barack Obama’s deputy campaign manager in his ill-fated 2000 primary challenge to Representative Bobby Rush.