Thursday, January 12, 2012

Democrats abandon state Sen. Collins over residency issue

Via Austin Weekly News on the race in Illinois’s 5th Senate District,

Fifth District state Sen. Annazette Collins' loss may be Patricia Van Pelt-Watkins' gain.

Residency issues plaguing Collins have caused top Democratic leaders, including Secretary of State Jesse White, to jump ship and throw their support behind Van Pelt-Watkins who's challenging Collins in the March 2012 Democratic Primary.

Collins is seeking to retain the seat she was appointed to in March 2011, replacing former state Sen. Rickey Hendon-he resigned last February after serving nearly two decades. White, the 27th Ward's Democratic committeeman, nominated Collins to replace Hendon but now regrets that decision.

Democrats abandon state Sen. Collins over residency issue

Nice to see Van Pelt-Watkins back.  I liked her run earlier run for Mayor.

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