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Marcus Lewis

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Marcus Lewis
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Candidate for
U.S. House, Illinois, District 2
PartyIndependent
Education
High schoolDe La Salle Institute (1977)
Bachelor'sDePaul University
Personal
ProfessionPostal Service Worker
Websites
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Marcus Lewis a 2014 write-in candidate seeking election to the U.S. House to represent the 2nd Congressional District of Illinois.[1]

He was a 2014 Democratic candidate seeking election to the U.S. House to represent the 2nd Congressional District of Illinois.[2] He was removed from the ballot on January 9, 2014.[3]

He was a 2013 Independent candidate seeking election to the U.S. House in the special election for the 2nd Congressional District of Illinois. Lewis was defeated in the general election on April 9, 2013.[4]

Lewis previously ran for Illinois' the 2nd Congressional District seat in the 2012 U.S. House elections, again as an Independent candidate.

Biography

Education:[5]

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

Career

Lewis has worked for the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a mail-handler since 1997.[5]

Elections

2014

See also: Illinois' 2nd Congressional District elections, 2014

Lewis is running in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent Illinois' 2nd District.[2] He is running as an Independent candidate.

He was removed as a Democratic candidate from the ballot on January 9, 2014.[6]

2013

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

Lewis ran as an Independent candidate in the 2013 special election for the U.S. House, representing Illinois' 2nd District. Lewis was defeated in the general election. The general election took place on April 9, 2013.[7][8]

U.S. House, Illinois District 2 Special Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRobin Kelly 70.7% 58,834
     Republican Paul McKinley 22.1% 18,387
     Independent Elizabeth Pahlke 3% 2,525
     Green LeAlan M. Jones 1.8% 1,531
     Independent Marcus Lewis 1.6% 1,359
     Independent Curtis Llong Bey 0.7% 548
     Write-in Steve Piekarczyk 0% 9
Total Votes 83,193
Source: Results via Illinois State Board of Elections

Election controversy

Lewis risked his job with 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.[9]

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."

2012

See also: Illinois' 2nd Congressional District elections, 2012

Lewis ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Illinois 2nd District. Lewis ran as an Independent and was defeated by incumbent Jesse L. Jackson, Jr. (D) in the November 6 general election.[10]

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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