Radiologist taking another run at U.S. House seat held by Davis
River Forest physician Jeffrey Leef is hoping the second time is a charm.
A Republican who lost in his 2016 election bid to unseat U.S. Rep Danny Davis (D-IL), Leef is once again joining the battle for Illinois’ 7th congressional district seat.
“It’s time for Congress to do its job: represent and act on behalf of the public,” Leef said in a press release. “Nothing has changed. I will continue to ask the voters of the 7th district the same question: For at least the past 20 years, what has changed for the better in the 7th district?”
Leef said he wants to spur job creation in his district as well as provide educational opportunities for the area’s most vulnerable. He also wants to curb the murder rate among African-American males, which he called “unacceptable” and “heartbreaking.”
Leef said he sees his district’s problems as mirroring those of the nation and argues that someone has to step in. He said he wants to address issues regarding the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), homelessness and education.
Education, above all, is a force for positive change, Leef asserted. His background reflects as much: a graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago, Leef has been a physician since 1986 and a radiologist at the University of Chicago since 1992. He has been named director of Interventional Radiology Trauma Services for the new University of Chicago Trauma Center.
Leef said his campaign will once again be a grassroots effort, starting something small to do something big.