Well, it’s official. Anthony Clark, the outspoken Oak Park and River Forest High School teacher and founder of the nonprofit social justice organization Suburban Unity Alliance, is running for Congress again.
Clark ran against Congressman Danny K. Davis for the 7th Congressional District seat in the Democratic primary for on March 20, 2018. Davis, the 22-year incumbent, defeated Clark 74 percent to 26 percent.
But that was just a trial run. Clark vowed last year that he would run again. Last year, Clark had the backing of Brand New Congress and Justice Democrats — two political organizations affiliated with Sen. Bernie Sanders.
Clark, who is running as a Democratic Socialist, announced his candidacy on April 8 in a written statement and a video uploaded to his campaign website. In the video, Clark read a letter from his father.
“Anthony Clark 2020, is a revolutionary 100% grassroots campaign speaking truth to power as we address the root causes that have led to the systemic issues we currently face,” Clark’s statement reads. “We can no longer afford to be content, comfortable, or silent as white supremacy & capitalism have led to a system were rising inequality continues to affect every aspect of life.”