Joyce Washington

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Joyce Washington
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Candidate for
U.S. House, Illinois, District 2
Bachelor'sUniversity of Evansville
Master'sIndiana State University
ProfessionManagement Consultant
Campaign website
Joyce Washington is a former 2013 Democratic candidate seeking election to the U.S. House in the special election for the 2nd Congressional District of Illinois. Washington won the bottom spot on the Democratic primary ballot in a lottery to determine position.[1]


Washington is the President and CEO of the Washington Group, which is a management consulting firm. She received a bachelor's degree in Nursing from the University of Evansville and a master's degree in Public Administration from Indiana State University. She previously ran for Lieutenant Governor of Illinois in 2002, and for the United States Senate in 2004.[2]


Campaign themes


Washington's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[3]

  • Economy & Jobs
Excerpt: "Joyce will work to support short-term initiatives that will immediately help accelerate and reinvigorate the economy and long-term policies that will establish lasting growth. Joyce believes one must invest in infrastructure, transportation, schools, communication, utilities and education."
  • Healthcare
Excerpt: "Joyce Washington believes that every American deserves affordable healthcare. As a former executive at one of Chicago’s largest hospitals, Joyce Washington understands the community’s challenges with healthcare."
  • Education
Excerpt: "Education is the number one foundation to success and is vital for national and economic security. Education is a valuable resource Americans need to invest in immediately in order to bolster it’s economic future."
  • Crime & Violence
Excerpt: "Joyce supports a ban on assault weapons, high capacity magazines and promotes background checks for owners. She also believes that there must be more police readily available to enforce existing laws, especially in high crime areas."
  • Healthcare/Medicare/Social Security
Excerpt: "Our seniors have worked hard for retirement and deserve the promise of security in their golden years. Joyce Washington will fight to protect Medicare and Social Security’s long term solvency and the benefits necessary for our seniors today."



See also: Illinois' 2nd Congressional District special election, 2013

Washington ran in the 2013 special election for the U.S. House, representing Illinois' 2nd District. The election was held to replace Jesse Jackson, Jr.. Washington lost in the Democratic primary to Robin Kelly.[4]

Democratic Primary

U.S. House, Illinois District 2 Special Democratic Primary, 2013
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngRobin Kelly 53.3% 31,079
Debbie Halvorson 25.1% 14,650
Anthony Beale 11.1% 6,457
Joyce Washington 4.4% 2,563
Ernest Fenton 2.6% 1,545
Anthony Williams 1.1% 641
Mel Reynolds 0.8% 459
Clifford Eagleton 0.4% 207
Fatimah Muhammad 0.3% 194
Gregory Haynes 0.2% 144
Larry Pickens 0.2% 127
John Blyth 0.2% 104
Victor Jonathan 0.2% 91
Charles Rayburn 0.1% 74
Denise Anita Hill 0% 4
Total Votes 58,339
Source: Results via Illinois State Board of Elections



Illinois' 3rd Congressional District, Democratic primary
Poll Debbie Halvorson Toi HutchinsonRobin KellyNapoleon HarrisMel ReynoldsAnthony BealeOtherUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Normington-Petts (January 8-10)
GBA Strategies (January 3-7)
AVERAGES 20.5% 14% 11.5% 8% 7.5% 7.5% 3.5% 27.5% +/-4.65 450
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