Greens Run in IL Special Election
CHICAGO - Five candidates will compete for the Green Party
nomination in the 5th Congressional District Special Primary on
March 3, according to candidate filings made with the Illinois
Board of Elections. The deadline for such filings was at 5 p.m.
Candidates include Alan Augustson, who ran for the seat as a
Green in 2008; Mark Arnold Fredrickson, who ran against Emanuel
in the 2004 Democratic Primary; Deb Gordils, who ran against
Alderman Dick Mell (33rd Ward) in 2003; Matt Reichel, who is
making his first run for public office; and Simon Ribeiro, also
making his first run for office.
The 5th Congressional District seat was vacated recently by
Democrat Rahm Emanuel, who took a position as White House Chief
of Staff in the Obama Administration.
The Illinois Green Party became an "established" political party
following the 2006 election, when gubernatorial candidate Rich
Whitney received more than 10% of the vote. As a result, Green
Party candidates at all levels can collect fewer signatures to
get on the ballot, and Green Party candidates compete in
primaries. The first Green Party primary was held in February of
2008, though most of the races were uncontested, except for the
presidential race, which had four candidates.