6 Seek to Oppose Indicted Rep. Derrick Smith

Daughter of state Sen. Annazette Collins among potential challengers

Saturday, May 19, 2012  |  Updated 12:55 PM CDT
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Six people, including the daughter of a state senator, are vying to be the third-party challenger to indicted state Rep. Derrick Smith.

Angelique Momon-Collins, daughter of state Sen. Annazette Collins, is seeking to be slated by the 10th District Unity Party. Momon-Collins' mother was defeated by Patricia Van Pelt-Watkins, who criticized the senator's questionable legislative scholarship awards.

Also seeking the party's mantle is Lance Tyson, a former aide to ex-Cook County Board President Todd Stroger.

A group of Chicago Democrats, led by Secretary of State Jesse White, created the third party after Smith refused to resign after his indictment in March.

Smith is accused of accepting a $7,000 bribe in a FBI sting in exchange for writing a letter supporting a state grant for a day care operation.

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