Pamela Reaves-Harris

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Pamela Reaves-Harris

Illinois, State Representative (2015-)

Raised in a Chicago housing project, Reaves-Harris is a former administrative law judge who emerged from a field of five candidates to defeat political gadfly Derrick Smith, who was expelled from the Illinois House in 2012 following federal indictment, but managed to be reelected later that year.

Backed by Ald. Jason Ervin, Reaves-Harris' victory is the latest in a political border war between Ervin's mentor and predecessor, Ald. Ed Smith and Ald. Walter Burnett. Derrick Smith (not related to Ed) had been previously been supported by Burnett and his mentor, Jesse White. In 2014, Burnett supported Eddie Winters, to no avail.

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