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Rep. Christian Mitchell winner in Illinois 26th House race in more ways than one

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Rep. Christian Mitchell won another close election in the 26th Illinois House district in the Democratic primary. This time Mitchell won a close race against Jay Travis. However, as of yesterday, his opponent Jay Travis is still refusing to concede.

The votes tell a different story. The incumbent, Rep. Christian Mitchell, received 4923 votes and his opponent, Jay Travis, who received 4368 votes, giving Mitchell a margin of victory of 518 votes. Mitchell's winning percentage was 52.99 versus Travis' percentage was 47.01.

In spite of the Travis refusal to concede, Mitchell is moving forward and hopes that wounds from the hard-fought campaign will heal one day, so that the important issues in the 26th district can be fought in a united front.

Mitchell hopes to heal the wounds since he and his opponents, which included Travis and the Chicago Teachers Union, are on the same page on most issues.

Mitchell told the Chicago Elections Examiner that he has three main legistive prioirites. First, the issue of the state income tax and a "fair tax structure." This also includes the extension of the current tax rate that will expire at the end of the year.

Second, is reform of the "criminal justice system."

Third, is the broken education funding system in the state of Illinois.

Mitchell is one of the hardest-working legislators, having been the chief sponsor on dozens of bills, many that have become law. He has also co-sponsorded a large number of bills and many of those passed.

When asked if he would reach out to the CTU, AFSCME and some of the other opponents, Mitchell only said, "They should realize that there are many more things "we agree on than the things we don't. Such as the income tax and a broadening of the state income tax structure.

While Mitchell's main priority is to get reelected against a Republican opponent in November, he is also committed to helping Governor Pat Quinn beat back multi-millionaire Bruce Rauner's challenge. He will also be in U.S. Senator Dick Durbin's corner against multi-millionaire businessman Jim Oberwweis, who is also an Illinois state senator.

Adding fuel to the fire and the refusal of Travis to conced, Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis sent out a scathing press release and she is not taking this defeat of Travis well, said Greg Hinz of Crain's Chicago Business.

Making the victory even more impressive is that Mitchell was also opposed by AFSCME Illinois Council No. 31 PAC, Illinois Federation of Teacher's COPE, S.E.I.U. Local 73, West Suburban Teachers Union, Local 571 COPE/PAC Fund, American Federation of Teachers Local 604 COPE II, among many others.

Christian Mitchell serves on the Agriculture & Conservation Committee; Energy Committee; Health Care Availability Access Committee; and State Government Administration Committee.

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Sources:

Hyde Park Herald - 26th District challenger Jay Travis has not conceded to Christian Mitchell, seeks information from Chicago Board of Elections

Hyde Park Herald - 2014 Democratic primary results for Illinois’ 26th House District

Crain's Chicago Business - Karen Lewis sees a racial cause for an election defeat

Hyde Park Herald - Christian Mitchell defeats Jay Travis, winning another hard-fought, tough race

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