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Ernest Fenton
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Candidate for
U.S. House, Illinois, District 2
Bachelor'sChicago State University
J.D.Harvard Law School
Military service
Service/branchU.S. Army
Office website
Campaign website
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Ernest Fenton is a former 2013 Democratic candidate seeking election to the U.S. House in the special election for the 2nd Congressional District of Illinois.


Following Fenton's service in the United States Army he attended Chicago State University, where he graduated in 1994. He went on to graduate from Harvard Law School in 1997. He currently practices law in Chicago, owning his own law firm.[1]


Campaign themes


Fenton's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[2]

  • Housing Policy
Excerpt: "Crime, Jobs, Economic Development, Family, and Education Advancement are directly linked to the stability of a community. The housing issue and the foreclosure crisis must be resolved in order to adequately address the other issues."
  • Senior Policy
Excerpt: "We have a social and moral obligation to provide safety nets and care for our seniors. Social programs such as Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security represent the return on the investment that seniors have made in us. We must by all means meet this moral obligation."
  • Education Policy
Excerpt: "We must give every person the tools they desperately need and deserve to survive. It is necessary in today’s economy to compete globally and keep up with the advances in technology."
  • Crime Policy Safety and Crime Policy
Excerpt: "Many of the issues related to crime are associated with young men of color. Over the last several years, fatalities resulting from gun violence in the City of Chicago were greater than the number of American soldiers killed in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Security and safety of everyone, especially young men of color, is an essential catalyst for our economic advancement and progress."



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

Fenton ran in the 2013 special election for the U.S. House, representing Illinois' 2nd District. The election was held to replace Jesse Jackson, Jr.. Fenton lost in the Democratic primary to Robin Kelly.[3]

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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