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