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Homewood Attorney to Vie for Jackson's Vacant Seat

Ernest Fenton last ran for office in 2009, in an attempt to become the mayor of Markham. Now he'll seek to replace former 2nd District Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr.

Homewood attorney Ernest Fenton will announce his candidacy in the 2nd District special election next week, according to a press release from his campaign.

Fenton, a lifelong Markham resident and Harvard graduate, will hold a news conference at his campaign office, located at 1863 E. 71st Street in Chicago, Monday, Jan. 7.

The primary election is set for Feb. 26, with the general election less than two months later on April 9. Fenton could be up against former U.S. Rep. Debbie Halvorson, former state Rep. Robin Kelly, state Sen. Toi Hutchinson and state senate-elect Napoleon Harris, as well as several other candidates.  

Jackson resigned his 2nd Congressional District seat in November after being absent for more than five months. 

Fenton is currently an on-air personality for the “Social Justice Hour” on WVON AM 1690 and the “Gospel Truth Legal Show” on 106.3 FM, according to his campaign website. 

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