Alan Augustson has officially announced his candidacy for Democrat and White House Chief of Staff-to-be Rahm Emanuel’s vacant seat in Congress. A special election will be held on April 7 to determine who will represent Illinois’s fifth congressional district. Since the Green Party is a ballot qualified party in Illinois, Augustson will only need to collect 30 signatures in order to appear on the ballot.
This past election season, Augustson ran for Congress in the same district, garnering 9,283 votes or just above 4 percent. His chances of winning the special election are low in a highly Democratic district, but a Democratic victory is not guaranteed. There will certainly be a low turnout and Augustson has wider name recognition than before the November election. Also, it has yet to be seen how Illinois voters will react to the Democratic party at the ballot box in relation to the ongoing scandal with their Democratic governor.
Alan Augustson has posted the following video on his website explaining his candidacy: