And then there were 3: List narrowed for third-party candidate for 10th District

State Democratic power brokers narrowed down to three the number of candidates still in the running to represent the new 10th District Unity Party in this fall's election and challenge Democratic nominee state Rep. Derrick Smith.

These lawmakers, many of whom supported Smith's candidacy leading into the primary, turned on him after he refused to step aside following a federal bribery indictment shortly after the March vote.

Democrats don't want to lose that seat, so they've opted to handpick a third-party candidate whom they hope will win in November and vote in lockstep with the party.

Twenty-eighth Ward Alderman Jason Ervin said the three remaining contenders are Melissa Conyears, Lance Tyson and Eddie Winters.

"These individuals demonstrated varying levels of knowledge and experience, which is necessary to get the job done," he said.

Both Ervin and Conyears are members of the 28th Ward Democratic Organization, which could help Conyears out.

It's a weighted vote, and Ervin's ward makes up a huge part of the district, so he has a strong say in who will be nominated.

Tyson is an attorney and was a top aide to ex-Cook County Board President Todd Stroger.

Winters ran for 10th District state representative twice, in 2008 and 2010, but lost both times.

This morning, the nine committeemen whose wards comprise the 10th District pow-wowed downtown to try and slate a candidate, but were unable to.

Ervin said it's likely someone will be picked tomorrow.

Smith faces federal corruption charges for allegedly taking a $7,000 bribe. A House Special Investigative Committee is also looking into those accusations, and could expel him from the House.

© Community Renewal Society 2012

In a previous post, Melissa Conyears' last name was incorrectly spelled "Conyars"

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