It is an increasingly crowded field for the the 2nd Congressional district, but attorney Anne Marie Miles believes she should be a standout.
Miles, an attorney and self-styled community activist who is floating the idea for running for Congress, said she doesn't need the salary and is "leaning in the direction" of rejecting any congressional benefits should she be elected. She said she's tired of politicians who use their offices to amass power and build their personal resumes.
Miles said she's interested in running because so many politicians have lost sight of what the job is about -- serving others.
"We really need congressmen and senators who are committed to public service," she said in an interview at the Union League Club Tuesday. "We don't need people who are just interested in what the job does for them."
Miles spent the last two years working on the South Side, working pro-bono to help men and women expunge their criminal records.
She's worked an estimated 200 to 300 hours for free, she says, to help get men and women back into the job market and boost some of the most in-need communities in Chicago. Many of these people, she says, have arrest records with no convictions. But if they apply for certain jobs, it still shows up on their rap sheets.
Miles admits she doesn't have any clout-heavy backing of committeemen, who are to slate a candidate after a Dec. 15 slating meeting. She said she believes she could have the backing of key community groups and churches on the South Side with whom she's worked.
Miles is the latest to announce interest in Jesse Jackson Jr.'s old seat. State Sen. Toi Hutchinson and former State Rep. Robin Kelly announced they were in the race this week. Last week, a host of other contenders announced, including Debbie Halvorson, Anthony Beale and Mel Reynolds.
Attorney for 2nd congressional district: "We don't need people who are just interested in what the job does for them."
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