DuPage Dems Difference Makers

DuPage Dems Difference Maker – Jean Kaczmarek - *Write-Up below submitted by Liz Chaplin Years before Jean held public office she was already making a difference in DuPage County. Jean was working tirelessly to ensure our electoral process was fair and just. Jean has also worked to strengthen the DuPage County Ethics Policy and alerted the Dupage County Board of Open Meeting Act violations. Jean impacted positive change in the county particularly at the Election Commission. She was…
DuPage Dems Difference Maker – Lynn Casey-Maher - In Lynn's own words... In 2016 I heeded Bernie Sanders call to action and started getting involved in local politics. Because as we all know, change occurs best from the bottom up. I attended activist events and did my first canvassing with Coalition for a Better Illinois Sixth and Indivisible DuPage. I was so new to everything I had to teach myself about townships, precincts, county boards, and more. I…
DuPage Dems Difference Maker – Loretta Burke - Chicago native, Loretta Burke, has lived in Aurora for 20 years, and in 2000 became a member of the Naperville Township Democratic Organization. Most recently, Loretta was elected in 2017 as one of the first-ever Democrats to be elected to the Naperville Township Board of Trustees, where she will serve a four-year term until 2021. As a Trustee, Loretta has sought to bring a greater awareness of the services the…
DuPage Dems Difference Maker – Walt Zlotow - Walt Zlotow – Completing seventh term as PC in Milton 13. Chair of Milton Democrats, 2015 – 2019. Currently recruiting new PCs in Milton Township. Board member (treasurer) at Indivisible DuPage. Primary focus: working to end America’s perpetual wars through writing and public speaking throughout DuPage. Talks scheduled for September 17 and 18 (see FB for details). Newly installed president at West Suburban Faith-Based Peace Coalition.
DuPage Dems Difference Maker – Laura Font - Laura Font - Who is our current Office Volunteer Coordinator in her own words. PC in Elmhurst for over ten years. (Moved to Oak Park year ago but still showing up at the DuPage office.) After retirement from teaching in Lombard, started volunteering in DuPage Democratic Office during 2016 election. Since then, have become office volunteer coordinator, so to speak, orienting new office volunteers and "old" ones for special projects,…
DuPage Dems Difference Maker – Cheryl Hagerty - The shock of the 2016 election opened my eyes to the importance of community involvement outside of the school district which I have taught for the past 19 years. My husband and I went to the Women's March held in Chicago and I knew I had to do more. Shortly after, one of my young neighbors created the Carol Stream Huddle. I started hosting meetings at my home with like-minded…
DuPage Dems Difference Maker – Sue Quigley - Like many voters, I didn’t become politically active until after the dreadful November 2016 election wake up call. After a month of whining and being upset, which changed nothing, a friend sent me information about the Jan 9th 2017 DuPage Dems meeting at Wheaton Rec Center. I was relieved and surprised to find so many Dems in DuPage County. Wasn’t DuPage pretty much Republican? Well I signed up for anything…
DuPage Dems Difference Makers – DPDC Events Team - Events team members are DPDC members, are not PCs (with one exception), and they come from all over DuPage County. They use their considerable talents to do this hard work because they care about electing Democrats. Thank you to Paul Adams, Susan Steinmiller, Carol Redell, Carol Anthony, Helene Lamarre, and Joanne Tyree. The Events team came together in the early spring of 2017. This small but mighty group of volunteers…
DuPage Dems Difference Maker – The Tomlinsons - Marian and Gary Tomlinson of Glen Ellyn have been extraordinarily active in Milton Township and DuPage Democratic politics for the past 15 years. Their work on behalf of DuPage Democrats has been collaborative and as seamless as a single individual; which is why they are being nominated as a couple. Marian has served as precinct committee-person in Milton 62 since 2004. Her precinct work led to her being appointed Milton…
DuPage Dems Difference Maker – Chris English - Chris is the Precinct Committeeperson for Downers Grove Precinct 95. He recently won a seat on the Darien-Woodridge Fire Protection District Board as a write-in candidate. Chris’s contributions do not stop at his own precinct. He has been an integral part of a team that works to turn out voters in precincts that do not have Precinct Committeemen and high value precincts that need additional work. During 2010 and 2012,…
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.…
DuPage Dems Difference Maker – Beth Brownson - Beth has been an active participant in Illinois Democratic politics for more than for more than four decades. Currently, she is the Precinct Committeeman for Precinct 54 in Downers Grove and an active volunteer. Beth has served as the Secretary of Downers Grove Township Democratic Organization since 2004 and of the Democratic Party of DuPage County from 2004-2008. She served on the Executive Board of the DPDC from 1992-2008. She…
DuPage Dems Difference Maker – Tina Tyson Dunne - Tina has been strongly involved with politics in DuPage since the 2016 cycle. In 2016, she worked with Bernie’s Northern IL Group and then moved on to Hillary for America after the primary. After the 2016 General, she became involved with the DuPage Dems on a number of action teams, PR & Graphics, Election Protection and Gala Planning, as well as transitioning from Election Judge to Precinct Committeeperson. In the…

 

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