WASHINGTON -- A Democratic primary is shaping up in the north suburban 10th congressional district, where Dan Seals, the 2006 nominee, will have to defeat newcomer Jay Footlik, who served in the Clinton White House, for the nomination to run against Rep. Mark Steven Kirk (R-Ill.).
Seals announced on Wednesday he will seek a rematch. In 2006, Seals -- making his first run for office -- gave Kirk a strong challenge, getting 47 percent of the vote to 53 percent for Kirk.
In the district with a large Jewish population, Seals said in a statement he expects support for Israel to be an issue in 2008 as it was in 2006.
Footlik, who got in the race earlier this month, served as a liaison to the Jewish community while in the White House and lived in Israel. He was an adviser to the Kerry/Edwards 2004 campaign on Middle East and Jewish Affairs.