Cong. Danny Davis kicked-off his re-election campaign Sunday with what’s become an the annual event, which also included his birthday celebration.

Davis turned 66 on Sept. 6.

Sunday’s event took place outside his Westside office at 3333 W. Arthington.

On Sunday, Davis told the Austin Weekly News: “It’s so good to actually live in a community that is so vibrant and has so many things going on, so many people doing so many things and doing them extremely well. And, of course, we’re pleased that people came out and helped us celebrate my birthday. But it’s really not so much a matter of my birthday as much as it is really a chance to interact with people, to get people in a position to network with each other. I am seeking a sixth term and look forward to serving the people in 7th congressional district again.”

Vera Davis, wife of the congressman said, “I support my husband’s re-election bid, and we look forward to serving the people in the 7th district. Danny and I feel we are the fortunate ones to be able to work with so many wonderful people. Everyone in the 7th district is like a part of our family.”

Many individuals were on hand Sunday, including Ald. Howard Brookins (21) and attorney Tommy Brewer, both of whom are announced candidates for states attorney.

Smith announces run for city post

In an exclusive announcement to the AWN, 28th Ward Ald. Ed Smith said he will be running for Cook County Recorder of Deeds in next year’s election.

“I’m taking this run for the recorder of deeds, and I have been asked by a number of people. They have button-holed me and said, ‘you’ve got to do this.'”

Smith was elected alderman of the 28th ward in 1983 in the year of Harold Washington’s historic win as the city’s first black mayor.

Smith will challenge incumbent Eugene Moore, who is seeking a third term. Smith has previously run for the county board presidency and congress.

“The reason why we’re [running] is because of responsibility or the lack of responsibility,” Smith said Sunday.

The recorder of deeds maintains the record of real estate and provides a single location where information about real estate can be recorded and researched by interested parties. Documents include deeds, mortgages and liens.

Previous holders of the office include Carol Moseley Braun, who was later elected U.S. senator, and Secretary of State Jesse White.