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Patricia Van Pelt Watkins

Democratic Party Candidate for the 5th District State Senator.

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    Patricia Van Pelt Watkins

    The Candidate: Patricia Van Pelt Watkins

    The Race: Democratic Party Candidate for the 5th State Senate District

    The Competition: Annazette R. Collins

    The Buzz: Patricia Van Pelt Watkins, who was raised in Cabrini Green, is a lifelong Chicago resident.  She began her professional career as a steelworker, where she became a union steward. Afterwards, she earned her bachelor's degree, master's degree and PhD. Watkins finished fifth in the 2011 ace for Chicago mayor last year against Rahm Emanuel. Secretary of State Jesse White endorsed Watkins for the state Senate, questioning whether her opponent Collins lives in the district.