After this Thanksgiving weekend with so, so many challenges; climate change, wars, attacks on all that we hold dear; it is good to remember and appreciate what we do have.
We can appreciate the results of our recent elections turning DuPage so much bluer than it has ever been exceeding our 4 focused goals. All the statewide candidates won (Goal 1). All 6 congressmen representing DuPage are Dems (Goal 4). We gained 2 state senators and 3 state representatives. 7 Dem county board members (Goal 2). Jean Kaczmarek, election watchdog for 13 years was elected clerk and will soon oversee DuPage elections. And we turned out our voters (Goal 3) To put this in context the most county board members we ever had before was three. We never won a county-wide office, nor elected a judge. We are doing far better than ever before with state senate, state reps and congressmen. We had such good candidates – even those who did not get elected. We had so much support that I never would have expected from many groups such as Indivisible, Moms Demand Action, and the Sierra Club, activated by our best organizer ever, the guy with the orange hair occupying 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
We have been waiting a long time for this win. Don Westlake told me Thursday that he has been active with the Milton Dems for 50 years. But all this did not happen overnight. There were decades of work that some of the time seemed fruitless and pointless. This work formed a base on which new activists could build. So, I want to say that I am so grateful for …
Those who started Dem groups in DuPage and kept them alive during lean times like Tinker Harvey, a former DPDC chair, and Truman Kirpatrick, a Roosevelt Democrat, who published the DuPage Democrat newsletter or Bill Andrle, who kept the Milton Dems going through the 80 and 90’s until Renee Anderson would enliven and grow that group to become so effective. There were many others. But recently the team of Chariman Bob Peickert and Executive Director, Amy Rohrer (She is retired now.) did so much over the last 12 years to grow our DuPage Democrats, recruiting PC’s and putting us on the map and getting us ready so that these new post 2016 organizers had some kind of foundation to build on. Our township orgs did amazing work. They and all the volunteers made this happen.
So, I hope you had a great Thanksgiving. We ask those of you who can to please consider running for municipal offices. We need to have good people represent us there too. The foundation for county, regional, state and national politics is local. We have a training for those considering running for local municipal offices on Dec 1. Don’t forget the DPDC Holiday Party on Dec 7. And Norman Goldman will pay us a visit on Dec 13. See links for details for all 3 below
Thank you so much for your interest and support.