Just recently I had the opportunity to meet and talk with the congressional 7th District candidate Kina Collins. She is a young, dynamic, Black woman who grew up on the West Side. I was impressed with her extensive background in community organizing nationally against gun-violence. She has been a self-proclaimed “interrupter” ever since her high school days when she stepped forward to de-escalate fights. She has successfully fought for legislation and reforms as an activist.

Kina began her remarks to the gathering by saying, “I mean no disrespect to Representative Danny Davis …” That was impressive; many of us have voted for Danny for years. She just believes she has the energy and drive to push for change and has many new ideas for the future. She garnered quite a few votes two years ago when the primary field had many candidates and only one real name-recognition candidate. This time she hopes to bring in all of us in the wide 7th District: Edgewater to Englewood, I think she said.

So I write to encourage Wednesday Journal readers to vote for Kina Collins as our 7th District representative in the June 28 Illinois Primary. She will continue a long legacy of activism and pride in our Chicago region.

Register online until June 12 at http://www.illinoisvoterguide.org.

Cynthia Breunlin
Oak Park

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