CHICAGO (AP) -- Former U.S. Rep. Debbie
Halvorson says she's officially running to replace Jesse Jackson Jr. in
Halvorson launched her campaign Monday, saying she's received numerous
calls from elected officials, community leaders and residents of the 2nd
Congressional District urging her to run. In a statement Monday, Halvorson
touts her experience in Congress and says that will allow her to get to work without
having to go through freshman orientation, if she's elected.
Halvorson lost to Jackson
in the Democratic primary this year. She'd served in Congress before losing the
2010 election in what was the 11th Congressional District before district lines
Halvorson also spent 12 years in the Illinois Senate where she served as
Democratic majority leader.
Jackson resigned last
week, citing his ongoing treatment for bipolar disorder.