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Napoleon Harris

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Napoleon Harris
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Current candidacy
Running for U.S. House, Illinois, District 2
Date of primaryFebruary 26, 2013
General electionApril 9, 2013
Current office
Illinois State Senate District 15
In office
2013 - Present
Term ends
January 14, 2015
Years in position 1
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$67,836/year
Per diem$132/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
High schoolThorton Township High School (1997)
Bachelor'sNorthwestern University
Personal
ProfessionOwner/Operator of two Beggars Pizza stores
Websites
Office website
Personal website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Napoleon Harris is a Democratic member of the Illinois State Senate, representing District 15 since 2013.

Harris is currently seeking election to Illinois' 2nd congressional district in the special election to fill Jesse Jackson Jr.'s vacant seat. He was one of five Democratic candidate to file by the first in line deadline and will appear third on the Democratic primary ballot as a result of the lottery.[1][2]

Harris is a former NFL linebacker. He played from 2002-2009 and started in Superbowl 15XVII. He currently owns and operates two Beggars Pizza locations in Harvey.[3]

Issues

Campaign themes

2012

Harris' campaign website listed the following issues:[4]

  • Education
Excerpt: "Currently, 77% of education funding comes from local sources—mainly property taxes. Because of our over-reliance on property taxes affluent communities can provide quality education but most poor communities cannot."
  • Job Creation & Economic Development
Excerpt: "Illinois Main Street is an economic development program that revitalizes historic and business districts. There are nearly 80 of these programs across the state but only one in the Southland. "
  • Crime Prevention
Excerpt: "Law enforcement alone cannot prevent crime, and officials depend on residents to be the eyes and ears of the neighborhood."

Elections

2013

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

Harris is seeking election to the U.S. House in Illinois' 2nd congressional district special election in 2013. The election is being held to replace Jesse Jackson, Jr..

2012

See also: Illinois State Senate elections, 2012

Harris won election in the 2012 election for Illinois State Senate District 15. Harris defeated Joseph Letke, Jr., Donna Miller and Patricia Mahon in the Democratic primary on March 20, 2012 and was unopposed in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012. Incumbent James Meeks (D) did not for re-election.[5][6][7]

Illinois State Senate, District 15, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngNapoleon Harris Incumbent 100% 73,762
Total Votes 73,762


Illinois State Senate, District 15 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Patricia Mahon 21.1% 4,928
Donna Miller 35.2% 8,209
Green check mark transparent.pngNapoleon Harris 43.6% 10,172
Total Votes 23,309

Campaign donors

2012

Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.

Polls

2013

Illinois' 3rd Congressional District, Democratic primary
Poll Debbie Halvorson Toi HutchinsonRobin KellyNapoleon HarrisMel ReynoldsAnthony BealeOtherUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
GBA Strategies (January 3-7)
25%16%15%9%8%10%2%15%+/-4.4500
Normington-Petts (January 8-10)
16%12%8%7%7%5%5%40%+/-4.9400
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 in this race. 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 editor@ballotpedia.org

Personal

Harris lives with his wife Nicole and son in Flossmoor. They attend Reeds Temple Church of God in Christ and Valley Kingdom Ministries International.[3]

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Political offices
Preceded by
James Meeks (D)
Illinois Senate District 15
2013–present
Succeeded by
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