As the 2022 midterm election approaches, the balance of power within the U.S. Congress is currently up for grabs. The election will be a contest between Democrats who currently hold power in both houses of Congress and Republicans who may well regain control of the House and possibly the Senate as well. It will also be a test to see whether the moderate or progressive wing of the Democratic Party will be better able to appeal to voters this year.

One race that highlights this latter competition is happening in the 7th district of Illinois, where progressive activist Kina Collins is challenging long-term Democratic Rep. Danny Davis. Blavity spoke exclusively with Collins about her activism in Chicago, her plans to represent her city and state in Congress and her ideas on gun control and other issues.