PI Original Josh Kalven Friday July 24th, 2009, 11:17am

IL-10: Hamos To Announce Next Week

David Ormsby is reporting that State Rep. Julie Hamos (D-Evanston) is planning to announce her bid for the open 10th Congressional District seat early next week, "according to a Democratic source."  In doing so, she will join a Democratic field that currently includes ...

David Ormsby is reporting that State Rep. Julie Hamos (D-Evanston) is planning to announce her bid for the open 10th Congressional District seat early next week, "according to a Democratic source."  In doing so, she will join a Democratic field that currently includes State Sen. Michael Bond, former two-time candidate Dan Seals, Elliot Richardson, and perhaps State Sen. Terry Link.

We've written extensively about Hamos' legislative efforts on this site.  But her impending candidacy raises an important question:  Why is so hard to find qualified Democratic candidates who actually live in the 10th District? 

Seals resides just outside the IL-10 boundary and that fact was brought up constantly by GOP Rep. Mark Kirk in both the 2006 and 2008 campaign battles.

Hamos, meanwhile, lives in downtown Evanston, a couple of miles from the district line.  Rep. Susan Garrett recently told Roll Call that Hamos would likely move into the 10th if she decides to run. 

My understanding is that Bond lives in the neighboring 8th District. It's not clear if he plans to relocate.

Granted, there are many examples on both sides of the aisle of candidates residing outside of the district they are vying to represent. Nonetheless, it invites an easy line of attack from their opponents.  And in the case of the 10th District primary, it's getting a bit ridiculous.

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