Marcus Lewis is a independent candidate for Illinois’s 2nd congressional district. Currently the incumbent for Illinois’s 2nd congressional district is Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. who has had considerable legal and mental health problems during the past year. Illinois’s 2nd congressional district includes part of the Chicago South Side running south into Will County and Kankakee County. Republican candidate for Illinois’s 2nd congressional district is Brian Woodworth who is an attorney and college professor. Lutheran pastor Anthony Williams is also running as a write-in candidate.
Marcus Lewis is a credible candidate for congress as it is very difficult for an independent or Third party candidate to even get on the ballot in the state of Illinois. The state of Illinois requires signatures from 5% of the number of people who voted in the previous election in that district. That means you would need upward of 10,000 signatures from registered voters to qualify for ballot access.
Marcus Lewis was born in Chicago in 1958. He is a graduate of DePaul University. Marcus married Carmen Renee Wickliffe in 1979 and they have three children. Marcus has worked at the First National Bank of Chicago, supervisor at Hyatt Regency in Chicago, and 5 1/2 years with American Airlines. While at American Airlines he invented the “Baggage Canvas Tractor Door” which saved the airlines millions of dollars in repair and replacement costs. Currently, Marcus Lewis is an employee of the United States Postal Service in Carol Stream, Illinois. He has been an employee of the U.S. Postal Service as a mailhandler for 15 years as of October 2012. Marcus Lewis also helped to run a 44 acre family farm so he does have an understanding of the plight of the small farmer.
Marcus Lewis has been a critic of the incumbent Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. who has been in office since 1995. Marcus Lewis said about Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., “Now, after seeing our district in such disarray from a ‘rudderless’ district rep who from his broken personal promises he has made to his constituents and his lack of attention to pressing issues bombarding his constituency through to his unending problems with federal authorities to ethics probes to personal faults & failures, I have the call on my life to now run and win back the People’s Seat of the 2nd Congressional District Of Illinois.” Reports by CNN news make it clear that Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. had been in the Mayo Clinic for treatment of bi-polar disorder and “serious depression – deep, deep depression,” which had kept Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. from his job since late May.
Even more serious is a CNN report from December 11, 2011. In a CNN news report from that time they reported, “The House Ethics Committee announced Friday that it is continuing to investigate whether Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. or an “emissary” engaged in fund-raising efforts for then-Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich in exchange for the U.S. Senate seat vacated by President Barack Obama. The panel said it found “probable cause” to believe that Jackson instructed one of his supporters to raise the money. If this “emissary” acted either at the direction of Representative Jackson or with his knowledge or acquiescence, Representative Jackson may have violated federal law and House rules.”
Major issues in Illinois’s 2nd congressional district include jobs, taxes, and education. In response to these issues Marcus Lewis has said, “Our district needs JOBS NOW and Education Grants for our children seeking Higher Learning, not burdensome loans that only make our problems worse. Yes, this is where the Federal Government must come into play a key role to assist us in getting us to where we want to go. We need our Federal Government that we pay our tax dollars to help alleviate our struggles. That is why the Top 1% has expensive Lobbyists at our Federal Government that only serve “their” interests and you will have me as your intermediator looking out for our best interests at heart at this level.”
The proposed Peotone Airport Project is another area of concern. Marcus Lewis does not support the Peotone Airport Project. In response to this project he said, “We Can Do Better and We Will Do Better! I strongly support the expansion of the Gary International Airport across the border just 15-20 minutes away from our district border. With this airport already up and running and room for growth where arrangements can be guaranteed that will benefit our district businesses and residents for employment and servicing of the facility. It just makes good common sense.”
Marcus Lewis also supports a moratorium on foreclosures with the bailout of the housing market. This could help the numerous homeowners who face foreclosure. Many homeowners nationwide owe more than their home is currently worth at market value.
Campaign website: http://marcuslewisforcongress2012.org/