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Jonathan Jackson Won't Run in Illinois's 2nd District Special Election

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December 19, 2012

Another Jackson has decided against a run for former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.'s Illinois House seat.

When the congressman resigned his seat in late November, speculation swirled around both his wife, Chicago Alderwoman Sandi Jackson, and his brother, activist Jonathan Jackson.

Jonathan Jackson initially said he hadn't decided whether to run, but Tuesday he firmly ruled it out. "It's not for me, and certainly elected office is not for me at this time," he told CBS 2. He also praised two of the Democratic candidates for the seat. "Senator Toi Hutchinson, I think she's a superb candidate. I know Mr. Napoleon Harris; I think he's a fine young man with a bright political future," he said.

Sandi Jackson decided against a bid last week.

Jacksons or not, it's a very crowded Democratic field jockeying for the nomination in Illinois's 2nd District. Sixteen hopefuls showed up to the Cook County Democratic Party's slating session on Saturday, where they failed to throw their support behind a candidate.

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