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Davis, Yarbrough Back Cook Board Candidate for Earlean Collins Seat

Davis, Yarbrough Back Cook Board Candidate for Earlean Collins Seat

Richard Boykin

Richard Boykin

(Chicago) – Insider: We hope that we won’t spoil the surprise.

Oh, hell. Why not.

Attorney Richard Boykin and former Chief of Staff to U.S. Rep. Danny Davis (D-Chicago) plans to announce a campaign for the Cook County Board seat currently held by Commissioner Earlean Collins , according to a top Democratic source.

In fact, Boykin, a lawyer at Barnes & Thornburg, has already established a provisional Web site (http://037f29c.netsolhost.com/) that has yet to go live, but has already posted a partial news release dated September 5, 2013 that claims Boykin has the endorsement of Davis, Cook County Recorder of Deeds and Proviso Township Democratic Committeeman Karen Yarbrough, Chicago 2nd Ward Alderman Bob Fioretti, among others.

Here’s Boykin’s brief, draft announcement:

Former Davis Chief of Staff to Announce Run for Cook County Commissioner

September 5, 2013 – Richard Boykin, attorney at Barnes & Thornburg and former Chief of Staff to Rep. Danny Davis is expected to announce his candidacy for Cook County Commissioner District 1. Campaign Co-Chairs include the Hon. Danny Davis, the Hon. Karen Yarbrough, Mr. Jonathan Reinsdorf, Dr. Willie Wilson and Alderman Bob Fioretti.

Boykin’s Web site claims that he also has endorsements from other Democrats, including: former Cook County Recorder of Deeds Eugene “Gene” Moore, Bellwood, Mayor Frank Pasquale, former Maywood Mayor Henderson Yarbrough, Maywood Village Trustee Audrey Jackcock, Westchester Village Clerk Sherby Miller.

However The Illinois Observer’s source indicates that Boykin’s backers may be playing a double game.

“The endorsements are shocking,” said the source. “Some of them are still stringing other candidates along. Really unprofessional.”

Surprising, no?

Collins, a former state senator who was first elected to the County Board in 1998, had originally intended to retired in 2014 but stated in April that she may indeed seek another term, which would set up a clash with Boykin and potential other candidates.

Collins may yet retire the source tells the Observer, but Boykin may not end up as the Democrats’ anointed successor.

Like his Web site, Boykin’s official backing may come up empty.

Stay tuned.


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About David Ormsby

David, a Huffington Post blogger and an ex-Press Secretary of the Illinois Democratic Party, is a public relations strategist in Illinois.


  1. Please note that neither I nor the Proviso Township Democratic Organization have made an endorsement in this race. While Mr. Boykin and two other candidates made initial presentations, at our recent meeting, they and several others who are seeking endorsement were apprised of our deliberative process. Each will be invited to a Candidates Forum in the very near future. We tend to wait until after filing to see “what’s real” before making such an important decision.

  2. Thank you for your comment. I look forward to participating.

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