Why Progressive Challenger Kina Collins Is Taking on a 25-Year Incumbent

Source: In These Times
by Skyler Aikerson

“In the 2020 Democratic primary for Illinoi’s 7th congressional district, Kina Collins ran against longtime incumbent Rep. Danny K. Davis (D‑Ill.) and won just 13.8 percent of the vote to the 25-year congressman’s 61.4 percent. But while she lost handily two years ago, this time, she says, is different. After ‘the pandemic exposed a lot of urgent crises that require urgent leadership,’ Collins says she decided it was time to ​’step up and tackle some of those problems’ by running again. And she has gained the backing of a host of left electoral groups such as Justice Democrats …. Collins, 31, has been a longtime advocate against gun violence in the area, and helped found the Chicago Neighborhood Alliance which works on community-specific issues including public safety. … Davis, meanwhile, has served as congressman for the district since Collins was five-years-old.” (06/22/22)