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Second District Congressional Candidates: Who Are These Guys?

A quick run-down of what issues are most important to the candidates.

Brian Woodworth - Republican

A lawyer and college professor from Bourbonnais, Woodworth has trailed far behind incumbent Jesse Jackson Jr. in the polls, but has maintained higher numbers than Republicans typically get in the Second District. 

Woodworth says he is "not a Washington insider." Here are some of his plans for the Second Congressional District, if elected:

  • Education. Woodworth says the federal government puts too much pressure on educators and hopes to allow families to choose which public schools their children will attend. Woodworth says standardize tests should not be the only way to judge a school.
  • "Government needs to get off the backs of businesses," Woodworth says. The candidate wants to move the federal government away from policies that discourage business creation. Woodworth says this will in-tern bring about more jobs and a stronger economy.

To learn more about these plans and more, visit Woodworth's campaign Website, Brian Woodworth: Republican for Congress

Marcus Lewis - Independent 

A longtime postal worker from Matteson, Lewis has been an active voice on Patch for months, responding articles and drawing attention to his campaign. Of all the candidates, Lewis has been the most openly critical of Jackson, most recently accusing him of secretly campaigning through a pastor in the South Suburbs . 

Lewis touts himself as "the clear choice." Here are some of his plans for the Second Congressional District, if elected:

  • Jobs. Lewis says he wants to see Works Project Administration-style programs.
  • More grants for college students 
  • No Peotone Airport. Lewis says he would rather see the Gary/Chicago International Airport built-up.
  • A moratorium (or suspension) on foreclosures with a bailout of the housing market. 

To learn more about these plans and more, visit Lewis' campaign Website, Marcus Lewis for Congress 2012

Anthony W. Williams - Independent (Write-In)

A pastor from Dolton, Williams will not appear on the general election ballot but may be familiar to longtime Second District constituents. This is Williams sixth time trying to unseat Jackson, noting that he doesn't think the congressman has done anything to curb urban violence. 

Williams says he will be a "sincere voice for everyone." Here are some of his plans for the Second Congressional District, if elected:

  • The prevention of violence affecting young people.
  • Passing legislation to save private and public pensions.
  • Universal health care for all citizens.
  • Expungement for non-violent ex-offenders.
  • Education, re-education and apprenticeship programs.

To learn more about these plans and more, visit Williams' campaign Website, Anthony W. Williams for U.S. Congress

Jesse Jackson Jr. - Democrat (Incumbent)

Jackson's story for the past few months has been highly publicized and reported on in Patch. Instead of wasting anytime rehashing it here, check out our JJJ topics page about what's been going on with the congressman.

Jackson's campaign Website has not been update in several months .

Joe Lake November 06, 2012 at 05:34 PM
Exactly.
Veronica November 09, 2012 at 09:29 AM
Agreed. Obviously some problems upstairs. But to you and Todd. Check out Williams website. He has been around and works with real issues not just during campaign time. And Todd, I don't get the "Beauty Queen" reference esp considering his what he has already done. I, too, don't vote on party/color but for the person I feel has my best interest. There is one candidate, I won't mention his name who started with a FB site for his website filled with videos of JJJ and vote for me. This candidate who had no plans on his FB got a website not long before election and suddenly had all these plans reworded from someone else's site. It is so obvious..... Read what each candidate wrote after the election. I want to comment now, but until you all read them, it would be pointless. One should just have tongue and fingers removed so he can no longer embarrass his family. I could invite friends over, for drinks and a reading comedy show BECAUSE THIS GUY IS SERIOUS!
Veronica November 09, 2012 at 09:43 AM
www.voteanthonywwilliams.com Worked with Peotone and lots of others and he didn't just start during this election. He is worth a read and vote in my opinion. That's why some have re-worded portions of his plans as their own. No other candidate equals his accomplishments. All facts, articles and videos to boot. You can also call him too. His number is on a few sections on his website which has been up for years. You will be able to determine that. He is sincere. Call him. You will be glad you did. I am going to work with him during the special election.
Veronica November 09, 2012 at 09:59 AM
And to think nearly 30k did so. People, we must take care to READ, research and not grasp at anything just because it is on the ballot or in our faces. Notbuyingit. I had to video his speech because of what he said. I will do this one as well. Winding down from working evenings, he makes me laugh. If he wasn't serious he could be a comedian. I am praying for his full recovery.
Marcus Lewis November 10, 2012 at 06:45 AM
I was right. I told the truth. http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2012/11/09/former-u-s-prosecutor-negotiating-plea-deal-for-jackson-jr/

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