Robin Kelly to Succeed Jesse Jackson Jr. As Chicago Representative
Black Enterprise Magazine January-March 2019 Issue

robin kellyFormer Illinois state Rep. Robin Kelly won Tuesday’s special election to succeed Jesse Jackson Jr., as congressional representative.

Kelly, whose campaign received $2 million from New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, came out victorious against Republican community activist Paul McKinley, three independent candidates and a Green Party candidate in a race to replace the troubled Jackson, who was once the city’s golden politician but succumbed to health issues and a financial scandal, pleading guilty to spending $750,000 in campaign funds.

As the successor of the 17-year incumbent Jackson, Kelly has promised to champion anti-gun violence in Washington.

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Gerren Keith Gaynor (@MrGerrenalist) is a freelance journalist based in New York City. He has been published in the New York Times, ESSENCE magazine,, New York Amsterdam News, and Gaynor received his master degree in Journalism from Columbia University and his bachelor's in English from Morehouse College.