Anthony Williams (Illinois)

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Anthony Williams
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Candidate for
U.S. House, Illinois, District 2
Bachelor'sBishop College, 1979
Master'sLutheran School of Theology, 1990
Campaign website
Anthony Williams is a former 2013 Democratic candidate seeking election to the U.S. House in the special election for the 2nd Congressional District of Illinois.


Campaign themes


Williams stated the following about his political philosophy in an email submission to Ballotpedia:[1]

  • Continuing the fight against violence in our community by helping to create jobs and promoting gun control laws
  • Creating a committee to help with building business at the Gary/Chicago International Airport which is in part financed by the city of Chicago, thus creating more jobs for our residents and stimulating economy in Gary
  • Researching an agricultural program to increase Peotone’s farming district, locally grown produce and promoting Green
  • Introduce legislation that will allow for expungement of non-violent felons
  • Re-introduce Emergency Disaster Relief Centers that will be used to protect our residents in the event of an emergency, whether natural or warfare
  • Bringing infrastructure to much needed areas, thus creating jobs
  • Working for a moratorium against foreclosures and the rising cost of energy
  • Fighting to reduce the debts of students loans and for better loan terms in the future

He went on to say, "I am vehemently against the proposed Abraham Lincoln National Airport Commission in Peotone, IL. According to the Illinois' Soil Conservation Service (SCS), 90% of Illinois farmland is "prime," meaning it falls into the top two or three categories of soil classification used to grade soils. It is the BEST there is. Only 5% of the soil in the United States has this high rating, and 1/5 of that is in Illinois. Some 9% of all such prime soils in the U.S. lies between Illinois' borders. Building this airport and roads leading to it (proposed Illiana Expressway) will destroy this IRREPLACEABLE rich soil."



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

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

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
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to

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  1. [Bio submission to Ballotpedia, January 22, 2013]
  2. "Illinois - Summary Vote Results," accessed February 26, 2013