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Attorney to seek Jackson’s seat

Updated: February 3, 2013 6:20AM



Ernest Fenton, a Homewood attorney, said Tuesday he plans to announce his candidacy next week for Jesse Jackson Jr.’s vacant U.S. House seat.

Fenton, a Markham resident, said he will hold a news conference Monday at his campaign office on Chicago’s South Side.

Jackson resigned his 2nd Congressional District seat Nov. 21 following a paid leave of absence that began June 10.

Several contenders will vie in a Feb. 26 primary election, and voters in the district will elect a new representative April 9. Former U.S. Rep. Debbie Halvorson, state Sen. Toi Hutchinson and former state Rep. Robin Kelly are among the candidates seeking to replace Jackson. Last week, state Sen. Donne Trotter (D-Chicago) announced he was dropping out of the race.

On his website, Fenton said he served in the U.S. Army and concentrates his legal practice on real estate and business issues and that he graduated in 1988 from Tinley Park High School. In 2009 he ran unsuccessfully for mayor in Markham.



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