Jesse Jackson’s Son Jonathan Jackson Enters Race for Chicago Rep. Bobby Rush’s Congressional Seat

Jonathan Jackson, son of the Rev. Jessie Jackson, gestures while speaking at a ceremony in Gary declaring the day “Mayor Richard Hatcher Day” on Oct. 11, 2021. (Pioneer Press)

Jonathan Jackson, a son of the Rev. Jesse Jackson, announced Friday his intention to seek the Democratic nomination for the congressional seat being vacated when U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush retires at the end of his term.

“I have been fighting for working people my entire life and am dedicated to social and economic change,” said Jackson, a construction business owner in Chicago’s Bronzeville neighborhood and a leader in his father’s Rainbow/PUSH Coalition. “As a businessman, college professor and activist, I have been on the forefront of the struggle for civil and human rights.”

Jackson, 56, enters a crowded field of candidates seeking the Democratic nomination in the redrawn 1st Congressional District, which stretches from the South Side and southwest suburbs down to nearly Kankakee, following Rush’s announcement earlier this month that he would retire after 30 years in Congress.

He becomes the 12th candidate to file notice of seeking the Democratic nomination in the district, joining a field that includes Chicago Ald. Pat Dowell, 3rd; state Sen. Jacqueline Collins; and Karin Norington-Reaves, the head of workforce development for Chicago and Cook County, who has received Rush’s endorsement.

Jackson said in a statement he would focus on job creation and expanding access to health care and day care.

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SOURCE: Chicago Tribune, Rick Pearson

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