The son of Father Jesse Jackson is seeking the Democratic nomination for the Chicago area congressman seat held by Bobby Rush, who is about to retire.
Jonathan Jackson on Friday announced his intention to replace Rush in Illinois’ 1st District, Chicago Tribune reported.
Jackson, 56, owns a construction business and is a leader in his father’s Rainbow/PUSH Alliance. He said in a statement that he would focus on creating jobs and expanding access to healthcare and day care services.
About a dozen people have applied as candidates for the redrawn congressional district that stretches from Chicago’s South Side and southwestern suburbs to Kankakee. They include Chicago Alderman Pat Dowell, State Senator Jacqueline Collins and Chicago and Cook County Workforce Development Manager Karin Norington-Reaves, according to the newspaper.
Earlier this month, Rush announced that he would not seek a 16th term in the US House of Representatives. The Black Panther veteran first won the election in 1992.
https://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/jesse-jacksons-son-seeks-to-fill-rushs-us-house-seat/2742281/ Jesse Jackson’s son seeks to fill Rush’s US home seat – NBC Chicago