U.S. Rep. Danny Davis is fighting to maintain his representation of Chicago’s West Side.
Davis, who has held the 7th District congressional seat for nine years, will face a Republican named Robert Bumpers at the ballot box in the November midterm elections.
The 72-year-old Davis is a West Side resident who has been in congress for more than a decade and has not offered any end date to his time.
He made headlines this summer as he advocated finding a solution to end the violence in Chicago, which has been a particular challenge for some residents on the West Side.
He spoke on the House floor in July to lament the violent outbreaks and racial discrimination plaguing the Windy City.
Despite the slim odds of Bumpers walking away with a victory, Davis has continued to campaign, focusing also on job creation.
The 7th District is home to several city neighborhoods, where wealth and unemployment levels vary dramatically. From the suburb of Oak Park to the Gold Coast to Englewood and Lawndale, residents in the district range from near-poverty to extreme wealth.
Davis has voiced support for Hillary Clinton as she flirts with the idea of a presidential run and attended the “Ready for Hillary” fundraiser held in Chicago in June.