Marcus Lewis

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Marcus Lewis
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Candidate for
U.S. House, Illinois, District 2
High schoolDe La Salle Institute (1977)
Bachelor'sDePaul University
ProfessionPostal Service Worker
Campaign website
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Marcus Lewis was a 2012 Independent candidate who sought election to the U.S. House representing the 2nd Congressional District of Illinois.



  • DePaul University, Business Management & Banking
  • 1977: De La Salle Institute


Lewis has worked for the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a mail-handler since 1997.[1]



See also: Illinois' 2nd congressional district special election, 2013

Lewis is running in the 2013 special election for the U.S. House, representing Illinois' 2nd District. The general election takes place on April 9, 2013.[2]

Election controversy

Lewis could lose his job as a result of his election bid. Lewis is a Postal Service employee and is thus included under the Hatch Act, which forbids federal employees from running for a partisan office. Lewis could end his campaign to put a stop to any legal action being taken against him, but he has refused.[3]

Lewis has argued that the Hatch Act refers only to candidates of a political party, not independents. Additionally, he has stated that he hopes the controversy over his candidacy might get him more votes. He said, " I’m running as ‘Mr. Lewis goes to Washington,’ just like Mr. Smith went to Washington, and this shows that the people in power don’t want ordinary citizens running for office. I figure people will identify with that and vote for me."


See also: Illinois' 2nd congressional district elections, 2012

Lewis ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Illinois 2nd District. Lewis ran as an Independent and was defeated by incumbent Jesse L. Jackson, Jr. (D) in the November 6 general election.[4]

U.S. House, Illinois District 2 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJesse Jackson Jr. Incumbent 63.3% 188,303
     Republican Brian Woodworth 23.2% 69,115
     Independent Marcus Lewis 13.5% 40,006
Total Votes 297,424
Source: Illinois Board of Elections "2012 General Election Official Vote Totals"

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