State Senator Donne Trotter announced he is dropping out of the race to replace Jesse Jackson, Jr. in Congress.
Trotter was one of the favorites in the race to replace Jackson Jr., who resigned the congressional seat after his re-election November 6th.
Trotter’s congressional hopes derailed December 5th when he was arrested at O’Hare International Airport for trying to take a gun and ammunition onto a plane. He pleaded not guilty to the federal charges, saying he forgot to take it out of his bag, after working his side job as a security guard.
Trotter’s exit still leaves a crowded field of Democratic contenders, including Chicago Ald. Anthony Beale, former U.S. Rep. Debbie Halvorson, State Senator-elect Napoleon Harris, State Sen. Toi Hutchinson, Cook County Chief Administrative Officer Robin Kelly, and convicted former 2nd district Congressman Mel Reynolds.
Candidates can start filing petitions to get on the ballot on January 3rd. The primary is February 26th and the special general election is set for April 9th.