Cook County Dems Don't Choose Candidate in Jackson Special
No candidate managed to get above 50 percent support at the Cook Country Democrats slating session for the special election in Illinois's 2nd District, meaning that the party will give no endorsement in the Democratic primary.
The Chicago Tribune reports that the Democrats listened to 16 candidates make their cases Saturday, but could not unite behind one.
State Sen. Donne Trotter looked like the candidate most likely to win the endorsement going into the meeting, holding the support of Thornton Township Committeeman Frank Zuccarelli (who controlled nearly 30 percent of the vote). Chicago Alderwoman Sandi Jackson, the wife of former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., did not attend the meeting but cast her vote for Trotter via a proxy vote by Zuccarelli, the Tribune reports. Trotter was recently arrested for attempting to bring a gun through airport security.
Other Democratic contenders for the seat include Alderman Anthony Beale, former state Rep. Robin Kelly, state Sen. Toi Hutchinson, state Sen.-elect Napoleon Harris, and former Reps. Mel Reynolds and Debbie Halvorson. The special election primary in the heavily Democratic district is February 26.