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Danny Davis to Run for Re-Election

Rep. Danny Davis (D-Ill.) announced Monday morning that he will run for re-election in Congress instead of running for president of the Cook County Board in 2010.

Davis announced he was running for board president in June and even though he insisted he was focused on the county race, the Congressman circulated nominating petitions for both the local office and re-election to his House seat. Davis filed for both races last week, but he announced Monday morning — the final day to remove petitions under state law — that he would seek an eighth term.

“I am announcing today that I will not be a candidate for Cook County Board president and instead will run for re-election,— Davis said Monday morning, according to a story in the Chicago Tribune.

Several candidates, including a handful of local officeholders, had filed to run for Davis’ seat. According to online records filed with the state of Illinois, only one candidate has withdrawn her name from the race so far. Other candidates, including Alderman Sharon Dixon and real estate businessman Jim Ascot, have said they would stay in the race no matter what Davis decided.