The Candidate: Brian Woodworth
The Race: Republican primary for the 2nd Congressional District of Illinois
The Competition: Jesse L. Jackson Jr.
The Buzz: As part of his plan for office, Woodworth wants to focus on working toward affordable health care, balancing the U.S. budget, creating jobs and helping small businesses. A criminal justice professor at Olivet Nazarene University, he originally opened a law practice for three years in landlord-tenant and traffic law before deciding to pursue a career in education.