Illinois State Rep. Hamos Announces Bid For Rep. Kirk’s Seat
Democratic state Rep. Julie Hamos today announced a 2010 House campaign in Illinois’ 10th District, joining a crowded Democratic field for the seat that Republican Rep. Mark Steven Kirk is giving up to run for the Senate.
“I am running for this important office at a moment in history when our country needs strong leadership, and that is the leadership I know I can provide,” Hamos said in a Web video posted on her campaign Web site . She planned a formal announcement event Tuesday afternoon in Highland Park, a suburb north of Chicago.
Hamos was first elected to the state House in 1998 and lives in Evanston, which is in the adjacent 9th District of Democratic Rep. Jan Schakowsky , and her state legislative district includes most of that city as well as some communities in the 10th District. Members of Congress are not required to live in their districts.