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By John Patterson
Daily Herald State Government Editor

August 16, 2003

SPRINGFIELD-Entrepreneur Antonio Davis-Fairman announced Friday that he plans to seek the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate next year.

Davis-Fairman's top issue is changing the Social Security system to give people control of their money.

While he believes his issues will draw voters to his campaign, he also expects to receive national attention because he is a black conservative seeking the Republican nomination.

Known as "TD", Davis-Fairman, 37 has not previously run for elected office. He's in the process of moving back to Illinois after working in Washington, D.C. He
played football for Northern Illinois as a freshman, and has since worked in the banking industry and has been involved in a number of business enterprises. 

Davis-Fairman said he has "mixed feelings" on expanding O'Hare and supports a third airport near Peotone.

On abortion, Davis-Fairman opposes abortion except in the cases of rape, incest, or when the health of the woman is at risk.

He supports altering affirmative action program so that they address income rather than race.

Davis-Fairman joins a growing list of Republicans who say they'll seek the party nomination next year.

Current U.S. Sen. Peter Fitzgerald, an Inverness Republican, is not seeking re-election. The resulting open seat is considered one of the key races in
determining who will control the U.S. Senate.

Other possible candidates include Jack Ryan, a Wilmette investment banker turned inner-city high school teacher; North Shore businessman Andrew McKenna Jr.; state Sen. Steven Rauschenberger of Elgin; and dairy magnate James Oberweis of Aurora.

The primary elections are March 16, 2004.


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