U.S. Reps. Bobby Rush and Danny Davis endorsed former state Representative and Cook County Chief Administrative Officer Robin Kelly yesterday in the crowded 2nd congressional district special Democratic primary.
Kelly is one of sixteen Democrats competing in the February 26 primary to replace disgraced former Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr., who resigned in November after 17 years in the U.S. House amid a federal ethics investigation and a diagnosis of bipolar depression.
Five Republicans, a Green Party candidate and three independents are also running in the heavily-Democratic district.
“Our communities are facing an epidemic of gun violence, and we need more members of Congress who can be trusted to fight for common-sense gun control measures,” said Rep. Rush in endorsing Kelly for the seat. “Robin Kelly is a woman of integrity and conviction, and President (Barack) Obama, Congressman Davis and I need her as our partner in ending gun violence.”
Kelly, 56, also gained the endorsement of the Chicago Tribune on Sunday.
Early voting for the February 26th Democratic and Republican special primaries begins today and runs through Saturday, February 23.