Ex-CeaseFire director Tio Hardiman running for Congress

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Tio Hardiman has announced he is running for Congress.

CHICAGO — Controversial ex-CeaseFire director Tio Hardiman has announced he is running for Congress.

Hardiman announced his run on a LinkedIn post over the weekend, saying he will seek a seat in the 1st Congressional District against long-time incumbent Bobby Rush.

Hardiman said he will focus his campaign on “more benefits for seniors, taking on the big pharmaceutical companies, reducing violence, jobs, jobs, and more jobs for the youth, combat illegal gun trafficking, and more programs for the youth.”

Hardiman previously ran for Illinois governor in 2014, losing to Pat Quinn in the Democratic primary.

In 2013 Hardiman was fired from anti-violence group CeaseFire after his wife accused him of beating her. She later dropped the charges. CeaseFire had recently gained notoriety in part due to the organization’s role in the 2011 documentary, “The Interrupters.”

Hardiman has set up a website for his campaign. He is currently the executive director for Violence Interrupters NFP, according to his website and social media profiles.


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