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I want to draw your attention to two very different candidates and their campaigns for the Illinois 7th District. Danny K. Davis, incumbent establishment Democrat, has served the 7th for 20 years. He is banking on the inertia of name recognition while actively avoiding a viable and dedicated candidate. The tactics Davis employs to avoid engaging in cornerstones of democracy underline his indifference to our district.
Candidate Anthony Clark’s values and progressive vision have been imperiled by the incumbent’s cagey (but par for the course, Chicago) tactics: Congressman Davis has posed financial and legal roadblocks to Clark’s petitions and called into question the integrity of Clark’s own family; these standard Chicago establishment tactics thwart the promises of democracy. What is more, the most perverse aspect of Davis’ challenges are not these bankrupt personal attacks, nor his nearly 10 percent absent rate from congressional votes. No, the best indicator of incumbent Congressman Danny Davis’ unfitness for office is his unwillingness to meet in public and debate candidate Anthony Clark.
In an epoch where the Democratic party must reckon with uncertainty, we citizens of the 7th must encourage a robust and earnest debate amongst viable candidates. Davis’ name recognition is trumped by his absence: absence from debate, absence from the democratic processes, the absence of real economic development and the care and devotion to this diverse constituency. Clark has already shown his devotion without banking on the lazy inertia of name recognition. It is time to put an end to the tricks; it is time for Clark’s name to be on the ballot, so the 7th can hear and see what he plans as our representative in the federal government. It is time for some new and enthusiastic voices for the 7th and for the Democratic Party in 2018.