Former Soldier Tries to Unseat Veteran Congressman

By Patrick Martin

Thomas Day is challenging Congressman Danny Davis in the Democratic primary race for the Illinois 7th District. This area includes the Loop, the West Side, part of the South Side and the near west suburbs.

Since there are no Republicans on the primary ballot for this race, the winner of the Democratic primary will very likely win the general election in November.

[vimeo 160812321 w=474]

Davis has represented the district in Washington for nearly 20 years. Prior to his election to Congress, Davis served as a Chicago Alderman for 11 years, and he was a Cook County Commissioner for six years.

Day has no experience in public office. He served in the U.S. Army for five years, including one year in Iraq. After leaving the army, Day joined up with other former service members to establish a non-profit in Chicago to support new veteran-owned businesses.

Photo at top: Thomas Day campaigns at the Chicago St. Patrick’s Day Parade on March 12, 2016 (Patrick Martin/MEDILL).