Davis opponent for U.S. House pushes education, term limits
Republican Jeffrey Leef sees U.S. Rep. Danny Davis’ (D-IL) 20-year career representing Illinois' 7th Congressional District as proof of the dire need for terms limits.
“Danny Davis or any other candidate that has been in office for over 20 years is not only out of touch but no longer can truly act in the best interest of their constituents,” Leef told the West Cook News. “This is true for both parties. Term limits are essential.”
Leef is basing his 2018 bid to unseat Davis’ on a platform of improving education to lead to more opportunities.
The River Forest physician, who was recently named director of Interventional Radiology Trauma Services for the new University of Chicago Trauma Center, has long been adamant in his belief that a sound education sets the stage for everything else.
“So far, my message has been well-received,” he said. “That said, in Illinois, it is nearly impossible for a Republican candidate to get air time or recognition in print.”
Leef is doing everything he can to assure that voters know who he is and what he stands for.
“There is a full-on attack of First Amendment Rights, and we cannot stand for it,” he said. “Also, I will make it widely known when -- as in the last election -- people, organizations or even towns have prevented me from speaking at different forums.”
If his run against the 76-year-old Davis proves successful, Leef is clear about what his first order of business will be.
“I will continue to push education, specifically school choice,” he said. “I believe strongly that this is the first step in addressing the violence, lack of jobs and dearth of opportunities for the constituents of the 7th District."
Leef said he also envisions making a dent in settling the long-simmering debate on health care.
“I have my other passions, which include starting the process of modifying the ACA [Affordable Care Act] and preventing a movement towards the catastrophe of universal health care,” he said.