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Dems Pick Dick Mell Aide to Succeed His Daughter in Statehouse

Jaime Andrade worked with Richard Mell for more than a decade




    Jaime Andrade, a top aide to former Chicago Ald. Richard Mell, was selected by Democratic leaders on Monday to succeed Mell's daughter in the Illinois House.

    Deb Mell last month was appointed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel to replace her father in the Chicago City Council.

    Andrade, a Latino, worked with Richard Mell for more than a decade. He was one of three candidates up for the legislature job, and his appointment is seen as important for the 40th District that is nearly half Hispanic, according to most-recent census information.

    The other two applicants were Mel Ferrand, a Chicago Public Schools librarian, and Audrey Cosgrove, an attorney.