Congressman Danny Davis endorsed by President Biden as Kina Collins seeks to unseat him in 7th District race
The 7th Congressional District covers parts of Cook County, including areas of Bellwood, Chicago, Forest Park, Oak Park, Maywood, and Westchester.
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With 40,000 door knocks and a quarter of a million campaign calls, Kina Collins says she is the first serious challenger to Congressman Danny Davis since the 80-year-old won his first congressional seat in 1996.
“I’ve lived in this district all my life and Congressman Davis has been my representative since he was 5 years old,” Collins said. “It’s time for generational change in the district.”
The 31-year-old progressive Democrat hopes to unseat the longtime congressman from West Side in Illinois’ 7th District. As Collins runs on “it’s time to pass the torch,” Davis says he remains physically and mentally fit to do the job — similar to the president who just endorsed him and others at times. leadership positions in Washington.
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“It’s hard for me to understand why it’s time for someone to quit,” Davis said.
Davis is also challenged by another younger candidate, Denarvis Mendehall. But it was Collins who grabbed the national attention and the money.
“I raised money for him 2-to-1,” Collins said, “and I didn’t take any company money or real estate money to do it.”
Collins has raised enough to be Davis’ first main challenger to air television commercials. Davis said her threat against him was embellished and he questions her credentials as a former gun violence activist.
“A lot of what I heard from my opponent is really in his imagination,” Davis said.
Davis is counting on voters who want a familiar face and stable leadership, while Collins is looking for voters who want change.
“We raised dollars, we knocked on doors,” Collins said. “We are ready for June 28.”
“I have a relationship with the community that I represent that no, no running contestant has,” Davis said.
While the 7th Ward expands into the suburbs, the heart remains on Chicago’s West Side, the lifetime homes of Davis and Collins.
The 7th District is the most Democratic in the state, so whoever wins the primary is a shoe to win the November election.
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