By Frederick H. Lowe
Robert Emmons, who announced his candidacy to unseat U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush in Chicago’s 1st Congressional District, said he considers gun violence a public health issue.
If elected, Emmons said he would advocate more funding for organizations whose work is proven to curb violence at its root causes, according to one news report.
Chicago, particularly the South and West sides, are plagued with gun violence. After a weekend of gun violence, the city’s television news stations list, like they are keeping score, how many people have been shot to death or wounded. Congressman Rush’s son Huey Rich, 33, was shot to death in 1999 by a gunman impersonating a police officer.
Emmons, 26, is a manager of program innovation at OneGoal, a program that increases the number of low-income students who graduate from college. Also, he has worked for U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois and the Obama Foundation.
Voters elected the 72-year-old Rush to Congress in 1992.
A judge swore him in 1993. Rush co-founded in 1968 the Illinois Black Panther Party, and he is a member of the Congressional Black Caucus.
As far as first-quarter fundraising, Emmons has so far outraised Rush, but the Congressman has a bigger war chest.