Congressional candidate’s district walk starts in Englewood ends in Maywood

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Nicole Trottie

Photo: Anthony Clark, Congressional 7th District candidate, right, with Rodney Alexander, Proviso Township High School, District 209 school board member, outside of Proviso East High School in Maywood on Dec. 23. | Paul Goyette

OAK PARK |  Anthony Clark, an Oak Park teacher, grass-roots community activist, and Democratic candidate, who’s bidding for the 7th Congressional District post, currently held by Rep. Danny Davis, attempted to walk the circumference of the 7th District on December 23 gathering support and momentum each step of the way.

Clark took to the streets at around 8 a.m., in Chicago’s South Side Englewood neighborhood, at Harper High School, a school slated to close, e

nding at around 9 p.m., in Maywood.  At Harper, Clark met up with, Willie Preston, a political candidate out of Englewood running for the 31st District against incumbent Rep. Mary Flowers.

Clark pressed on to Englewood then Kenwood, then Chicago’s South Loop onto Lake Shore Drive where he met up with Troy Anthony Laraviere, former principal of Blaine Elementary School, abruptly fired from his position for what some say is political retaliation by Rahm Emanuel.

“Troy is a great brother in the community.  Someone I love and respect and support.”  Troy followed Clark for about 8 miles. Clark then met up with Gino Betts, running for judgeship in Kenwood.  On the cold numbing course through Humboldt Park and Austin, Clark made stops at two local schools where he had formally taught.

Sherita Galloway, mother of Elijah Sims, Oak Park River Forest High School junior shot and killed in Austin, met Clark in Oak Park where the two Facebooked Live their journey.

Clark trekked from Oak Park to Forest Park and ended in Maywood, where he met up with Rodney Alexander, Proviso Together, and District 209 school board member.  Alexander gave Clark a rousing endorsement followed by a selfie for good measure, while saying about Davis, who endorsed the Proviso Together opposing slate, “We respect Congressman Davis’s lineage and his service to our community, but like everything, change has to come,” Alexander said. “You need to do your homework and get involved … Let’s have some debates, let’s talk about the issues.”

Clark says the purpose of the walk served to unite the community.  “My goal is about building bridges across the 7th District. I want people to know that I care, that I listen, that I am accessible, and that I will go the distance for them.”, Clark said.

“I thought it was important to get out there, see the district in its entirety, and connect with residents.  The walk was “telling”, according to Clark.  “Residents want change, whether it’s abandon homes, dilapidated communities, crime… hard-working everyday folks want change and don’t see their elected officials representing them.”, Clark said.

The 7th District encompasses Chicago’s South Side west to Berkeley.


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