LeAlan Jones, the Green Party candidate for the open US Senate seat in Illinois, was recently profiled in the Chicago News Collective (which is in turn printed in the New York Times). The article is well-worth a read, delving into Jones’ politics and history in radio journalism. This quote seemed especially noteworthy for political junkies.
Robert T. Starks, professor of political science at Northeastern Illinois University, said neither Mr. Jones nor his party was “on the radar screen” in the black community.
“But if he keeps getting his name out there,” Professor Starks said, “he could be a factor, especially among young people.”
Mr. Jones has been in the Green Party for only about a year. He joined initially to run for the United States House of Representatives from the South Side, but the party asked him to set his sights on the Senate because the Green Party had almost no presence among blacks and the party could help him more in a statewide race.
“We did pretty poorly on the South Side the last election,” said Patrick Kelly, the party’s spokesman. “I think that is going to change this time.”
In other Jones news, the candidate explains an old tax lien the IRS filed against him in 2006 here. Jones is running against Republican Mark Kirk and Democrat Alexi Giannoulias.