Entrepreneur Enters Field For U.S. Senate Seat
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
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.