The Candidate: Derrick Smith
The Race: Democratic Party Candidate for Illinois State Representative in the 10th District
The Competition: Lance Tyson
The Buzz: Smith is a former deputy director of Accounting Revenue at the Illinois Secretary of State. He formerly served 30 years as precinct captain coordinator and former member of the Young Democrats of Cook County. Smith's campaign is focused on education, seniors, youth and public safety,
In August 2012, the House voted 100-6 to expel Smith after he was accused of accepting a $7,000 bribe in exchange for allegedly promising to steer a state grant to a daycare center. Despite the indictment, he is still leading in the polls for his district against competitor Lance Tyson.