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Post Questions for the 2nd District Congressional Candidates

In much the same way we executed the Minutes with the Mayor series on Chicago Heights Patch and Homewood-Flossmoor Patch, we're planning to ask the candidate questions from their potential constituents.

The race for the Illinois Second District Congressional seat is arguably one of the most important races of the year for those of us who live in the district.

With Election Day just two months away (sooner for you early voters) it's becoming increasingly important to know more about these candidates and their plans.

Incumbent Jesse Jackson Jr. has had a rough year to say the least, and his opponents, Brian Woodworth and Marcus Lewis, are looking to unseat a man who has held the same spot for nearly 18 years.

Over the past two months we've heard plenty of comments on Jackson's health, but we have not heard much about the candidates' platforms and plans. What makes these three so different from each other? Are any of them deserving of federal elected office? If so, who will do the most for the district?

In order to make your decision at the polls just a little easier, we'll be reaching out to all three candidates to have them answer your questions. So ask away!

Post questions in the comments that all three candidates can answer. After we've racked up enough questions, we will conduct a poll to determine the top questions and relay them to the candidates in an interview.

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Marcus Lewis September 23, 2012 at 03:07 PM
Ms. Whitehand, I now see you have posted in several places on September 22nd, 2012, how this forum was supposed to go as questions posed to all three candidates. This forum was started on September 5th, 17 days prior. As you can well see without proper supervision there are others that from the outset have abused this forum and are bad mouthing me though I have tried to do what is expected and answer queries as they came.. It is unfortunate that there was no earlier referee to monitor what has transpired since. I appreciate the forum but there are trolls on your site that have used this Patch Network to verbally incite hate instead of doing what was asked and that is to ask questions for the candidates to respond and give an answer to them. I have been the only participating candidate thus far. So that should account my good faith..
Marcus Lewis September 23, 2012 at 07:54 PM
Patch Editor, Why don't you host a Public Candidates Forum to ask the candidates questions about 2nd district topics?
Christopher Paicely September 23, 2012 at 08:19 PM
Hello Mr. Lewis, While we won't be hosting a public forum, we hope to have you and Mr. Woodworth address some of these questions on camera. If you would like to set up a forum in for your South Suburbs voters, I would recommend contacting groups such as the League of Women Voters. They are much more versed and experienced with those types of events than we are. Thanks.
Marcus Lewis September 27, 2012 at 06:52 PM
I have contacted the League and they will hold a televised debate if Brian agrees. We'll see.
Marcus Lewis November 10, 2012 at 06:53 AM
I was right. I told the truth. http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2012/11/09/former-u-s-prosecutor-negotiating-plea-deal-for-jackson-jr/

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