Davis Glides To Primary Victory In 7th District

Tuesday, March 20, 2018 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews 

Congressman Danny K. Davis (7th) easily prevailed over challenger Anthony Clark in the March 20 Democratic primary election. With roughly 90 percent of precincts reporting as of 10:20 p.m., Davis was up on Clark by a 74 percent to 26 percent margin.

Clark, however, fared much better in the suburbs, garnering nearly 40 percent of the vote, with at least 90 percent of suburban precincts reporting, according to the Cook County Clerk’s Office.

At his election night headquarters at Avenue Ale House in Oak Park, Clark — an Oak Park resident, founder of the nonprofit Suburban Unity Alliance and an Oak Park and River Forest High School teacher — said that the night was just a prelude for what’s to come.

“No question about it,” Clark said, when asked if he plans on running for Congress in the next election.

“You don’t run once,” Clark said. “You run, build a foundation, see where you are, learn from your mistakes and triumphs and move forward. I truly believe that in next election cycle we’re going to obtain what we want.”

The first-time political candidate had framed himself as a new, progressive alternative after being recruited and vetted by left-leaning political organizations Brand New Congress and Justice Democrats last May.

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Anthony Clark with his campaign team in Oak Park. | VFP 

Clark attributed his loss to a low turnout among younger voters and to Davis’ greater name recognition. Nonetheless, he said, the campaign was a win-win for what he called a political movement.

“Elections come and go but movements remain, so no matter what, this was a victory for us,” Clark said. “The incumbents are shaken up now.”

At the Carleton of Oak Park, where supporters of Cook County Commissioner Richard Boykin gathered anxiously during the night, Davis appeared nonplussed, as if returning home from a typical day’s work.

“I never had any doubt about what the results would be in terms of my race,” Davis said. “It had to do with name recognition. It had to do with the billions of dollars I brought back to Chicago. It had to do with the bills I passed. It had to do with the integration of myself into the life of the community.” VFP 

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3 thoughts on “Davis Glides To Primary Victory In 7th District”

  1. I’m not a big Davis fan, and welcome a legitimate challenger. Anthony Clark was not up to the task, seemingly running on a platform that simply stated he was an agent for change. I commend Mr. Clark for his effort, but recommend that he set his sights a little lower; like the Illinois State Assembly.
    The article indicated that most of his support was in the suburbs. Anthony should start there if he intends to broaden his constituency past what he got in his native Oak Park.
    If he wants to look like a challenger he should take on Camille Lilly if he resides in her district, get some legislative experience under his belt, then go bigger. Clark has to earn the office.
    I found it interesting that Mr. Clark was at Boykin headquarters on election night. One reason I decided long ago not to vote for Boykin was when he first took his seat as a County Commissioner, he barely got his seat warm when he announced he would consider running for the US Senate; going big before his time, like Anthony attempted to do.

    1. GIZOMODOG: Anthony V. Clark was not at Richard Boykin’s election party last night. He was still at his election party in Oak Park, where Danny K. Davis defeated him. I was there!

  2. I was so rooting for Anthony V. Clark to defeat Danny K. Davis for the U.S. Congressman. But…it just shows the Chicago Democratic political machine still exists. For Danny Davis to be in two debates, and missed out on a lot of debates that Anthony Clark challenged him, just shows you about his leadership as a “self-serving politician.” (This is the man that endorsed the opponents of Proviso Together, “Proviso First” that is Emanuel “Chris” Welch’s team that brought the high schools of Proviso East and Proviso West down. And…he endorsed Trustee Henderson Yarbrough, Sr. as the next mayor of Maywood, before he was defeated by Mayor Edwenna Perkins.)

    Anthony V. Clark started a grassroots progressive movement and inspired so many people, not just in Oak Park, IL but also in the Proviso Township that wants to be involved in their community, that wants to make changes. This is just the beginning. I will continue to support his true activism and him running a non-profit, Suburban Unity Alliance and Neighborhood United LLC.

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