DuPage Dems Difference Makers

DuPage Dems Difference Maker – Barbara Lonergan - Barbara Lonergan was the PC of the Year from the Addison Township Democratic Organization. Here's some information about her great work in Barbara's own words. Jim Caffrey asked me to manage Addison Township precincts in Elmhurst for his campaign. In some cases, ATDO/Elmhurst PCs canvassed this territory once for Jim, then walked a second time for all the candidates. In other precincts, we canvassed on Jim's behalf and then transitioned…
DuPage Dems Difference Maker – Nobuko Kudo - Nobuko has been involved in political activism since 2008 when Obama first ran for president. As part of the Chicago Lawyers for Obama, she drove to one of the reddest counties in Indiana and worked as an election monitor for the campaign and, in 2012, registered voters in Iowa for President Obama’s reelection campaign. She visited a homeless shelter in Iowa and registered a number of people there including an…
DuPage Dems Difference Maker – Mark Van Scharrel - Meet Mark Van Scharrel, PC in Lisle Township, Precinct 50, who doesn't have a huge resume with the Democratic Party, but I know he's a true Difference-Maker. Mark was politically moved to action following the 2016 Election, together with his wife, Julie Ryan, to become an important part of the Lisle Township and DuPage Democrats; a two-fer if you will. They both have contributed in various ways ever since, with…
DuPage Dems Difference Maker – Julia Beckman - Julia has been an active participant in Illinois Democratic politics for more than four decades. Currently, Julia is the Precinct Committeeman for Precinct 110 in Darien and State Central Committeewoman for the 11th District. Julia began her political career in DuPage with the McGovern campaign for President in 1972, working with her good friend, Kathryn “Tinker” Harvey, going door to door and preparing mailings. She became a precinct committeeman for…
DuPage Dems Difference Maker – Chris Hotchkin - Chris is the Precinct Committeeman for Precinct 92 in Downers Grove and has been an active volunteer for many campaigns. Chris has served as the Chair and Vice Chair of Downers Grove Township Democratic Organization, as well as Vice Chair of the Democratic Party of DuPage County and Vice President for the Democratic Women of DuPage County. For many years, her contributions as a participant on committees that organized the…
DuPage Dems Difference Maker – Bruce Beckman - Bruce Beckman has been active in the Village of Downers Grove for 40 years. He is currently the Precinct Committeeperson for Downers Grove Precinct 51. Bruce has been an active participant with the Democratic Party of DuPage County and the Downers Grove Township Democrats. He supports both with his time, treasure, and talent. His first-hand experience has been extremely valuable in assisting candidates with strategy and tactics. He was an…
DuPage Dems Difference Maker – Samantha Wilson - Samantha Wilson began volunteering in Dupage County in 2015, making calls and knocking doors for the Bernie Sanders campaign. After his defeat in the primary, Samantha began to explore the world of local politics, knocking doors for Michelle Gale and Liz Chaplin in 2016. She also became an appointed PC, later elected to York 107 in 2017, which she diligently visits every two months. In 2017, Samantha became a co-campaign…
DuPage Dems Difference Maker – Laura Haule - Laura Haule is the PC of the Year from Winfield Township Democratic Organization. Here's what her Chair (Lynn Casey-Maher) wrote about Laura. I have selected Laura Haule as Winfield Township’s candidate for Precinct Committeeperson of the Year. Laura has been a tremendous asset to not only her fellow PCs and candidates but to me as township chair. She is responsive and quick to give her time to canvass, and to…
DuPage Dems Difference Maker – Parth Patel - Parth Patel is the Wayne Township Democratic Party's PC of the Year. He also just ran for the Bartlett Library Board and just barely missed a victory in his first ever election. He is also the driving force behind Fossil Free Bartlett. Parth not only consistently works his precinct multiple times each election cycle, but he consistently works additional precincts, supports party outreach, works with environmental and other grassroots groups/causes,…
DuPage Dems Difference Maker – Kat Pavlik - Kat Pavlik's PC Story in her own words... Like so many other people, after the 2016 election I became politically active. The Bush vs. Gore protest of 2000 in Palm Beach Florida was my only prior political activity. I waited my whole life, since I was a little girl, for a woman president. But I shouldn't have been waiting, I should have been doing something to help make it happen.…
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