Then there were seven: Davis-Fairman drops

Wednesday, October 08, 2003

By The Leader-Chicago Bureau

Antonio Davis-Fairman announced on Wednesday that he is dropping from the U.S. Senate race to run for Congress against Congressman Danny Davis.
CHICAGO -- On Wednesday night, a second U.S. Senate candidate announced that he would be dropping out of the Republican race for U.S. Senate.

Antonio Davis-Fairman, the only African-American on the list of Republican U.S. Senate candidates told the members of Chicago's 42nd Ward Republican Organization tonight that he is dropping out of the running for U.S. Senate. His announcement followed John Cox's press release saying that he would be dropping from the race on Thursday and endorsing State Senator Steve Rauschenberger for the Republican U.S. Senate seat.

Davis-Fairman told the crowd of 100 meeting at the Prudential Building's Plaza Club that he has been encouraged by Washington D.C. Republicans to run for Congress, instead.

"After visiting D.C. a couple of weeks ago it became even more clear to me after counsel that it would be more effective for me at this moment in time to no longer seek the 2004 U.S. Senate Seat for the Good of the Republican Party," Davis-Fairman told the crowd.

Davis-Fairman will be challenging incumbent Democrat Danny Davis of the 7th Congressional District instead.

"I understand that challenging Danny Davis will be an uphill battle, but I am ready to get started," he said.

Pulling out his driver's license to show that he is a resident of Illinois, Davis-Fairman said "The Sun-Times started a rumor that I lived in D.C. I'm from Illinois, I just spend time in D.C., this is where I live," he said.

Davis-Fairman, a resident for over 25 years in Illinois, grew up in the Austin and Oak Park areas. He told the Plaza Club group, "I have dealt with folks from the most diverse backgrounds, which have enhanced my outlook, business, creativity and ability to serve."

Other issues that Davis-Fairman says he will continue to advocate are school reform/voucher-scholarships, health care reform, economic growth/job growth and faith based and community initiatives.


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