The 2nd Congressional District has been turning into a media frenzy.
Like many of us citizens from the District, we have concerns for the future. Everyone is throwing their hat in for the seat once held by Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr.
From candidates with big names and deep pockets to those seeking organizations help line up to run as our next representative in Washington D.C., I keep hearing the terms, "I want to go and work with President Obama on (insert any made up goal)", or prevent the Republicans from (insert any made up goal)".
My concern has been with so many candidates who live in the City of Chicago ready to represent not only their South Side Chicago neighborhood, but also represent South Suburban Cook County, Will and Kankakee County. Many are aware of the new map which expanded the district into Will and Kankakee County. Watching the media turn a camera to just about every person who announce, "I am running for Congress to serve for a better district," I have a simple question for these candidates: Where have you been over the years?
With the Illinois Government stating there is no money for schools, roads, bridges and health projects, it has become vital the pool of candidates come forth and tell the voters their goal. I am not impressed just because you served as an alderman of Chicago, statewide office etc. The City of Chicago is in disarray, Cook County is holding on and the State of Illinois is not paying their bills.
Speaking with many suburban Cook, Will and Kankakee citizens, the topic is "We don't want Chicago candidates running things here!" I would love to ask some of these candidates where is Burville Road in Crete, Church Street in Rural Beecher, or even Court Street in Kankakee. I strongly believe the district will end up with a candidate outside of Chicago's city limits. Now the questions come forth about who is the best candidate? I see the primary candidates coming out will be State Sen. Toi Hutchinson, former Congresswoman Debbie Halvorson, former State Rep. David Miller and former State Rep. Robin Kelly and possibly State Senate-Elect Napoleon Harris on the Democratic side. On the Republican side, I'm not sure, outside of Kankakee candidate James Taylor (Republican) or if Brian Woodworth will try and run again. I have only heard rumors that independent candidate Marcus Lewis may attempt another run again. Please note independent candidates will need to come up with close to 15,000 signatures for this upcoming election.
This is the time for voters to ask these candidates some major questions on their plans if elected in office. How will these individuals assist in where the state has come up short in funding? Where do they stand on the controversial Peotone Airport? Will they support funding for mental health and medical emergency? Important and simple questions. Let's not allow evasive answers and the typical rhetoric.
I stated early on from the very beginning this election will be a free for all. Your thoughts?