ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE FROM THE DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL COMMITTEE TO THE DPDC CENTRAL COMMITTEETHE DPDC CENTRAL COMMITTEE onward
HOW TO EAT AN ELEPHANT
(HINT: You get a big group of people and they invite their friends and they invite their friends and before you know it, we’re having a delicious elephant roast! )
DuPage County has consistently grown in Democratic turn out over the last decade defying the former conventional wisdom. Here’s where we are now and scroll down to see where we started.
April, 2017: Townships began to crack the code on Municipal elections re-electing the one Highway Commissioner in Wayne and adding 8 seats to municipal boards in Lisle and Naperville Townships. WATCH OUT, 2018, HERE WE COME!
November 2016: Hillary Clinton WINS DuPage by 15 points!
March 2016: the second highest number of Democrats in history (126K) turn out for the primary! We have elected 32 candidates up and down the ballot in the last 8 years where before, in DuPage, we had a single state senator to represent about 15 precincts.
Election Cycle 2014: Admittedly, this was a very tough year and our lack of focus on the governor’s race hurt everyone in Illinois, as it turns out. We learned our less and have made defeating the turncoat agenda of Bruce Rauner our number one goal in 2018.
April 2013: The first Democrat breaks through the Republican stronghold that is municipal government as Martin McManamon takes a seat as Highway Commissioner in Wayne Townships.
November 2012: We re-elect Barack Obama in DuPage in a trend of turning DuPage Blue federally that will extend to 2016.
November 2010: The DuPage Democrats focus and rally to get enough votes to make sure Pat Quinn, an honest governor in a very hard time, is elected to that seat.
November 2008: 55% of voters in DuPage County cast their ballot for Democrat Barack Obama for President of the United States. He is the first Democrat to win in DuPage since 1960 and did so by a double-digit margin, which bodes well for parity in governmental control to come to DuPage sooner rather than later. The DPDC procures 3 seats in the 2008 County Board races, first time that that many Dems had won since Watergate.
February 2008: 55% of all voters in DuPage County pulled Democratic ballots in the February’s primary.
November 2006: Democratic candidate Lisa Madigan is the top vote getter in all races in DuPage County in her successful run for Illinois Attorney General. A state house election run by members of Operation:Turn DuPage Blue, loses by just 299 votes.
November 2004: Democratic candidate Barack Obama wins 63% of DuPage County votes in his successful run for U.S. Senate and Christine Cegelis shakes behemoth congressman Henry Hyde’s confidence by getting the highest votes against him in his multi-decade history in Congress.
Previous to 2008, only a handful of Democrats have held elected office in DuPage in the last four decades even though Bill Redmond, a Democrat from DuPage was actually Speaker of the House for 3 terms starting in 1975. Some argued that an uneasy truce between Cook County and DuPage had fostered the electoral inequity in both counties. But time has shown that a monopoly of voices from one side of the spectrum essentially causes the kind of “Yes-men/ma’am” mentality that allows egregious overruns and errors to take place.
Here in DuPage, the issue with the Water Commission is a perfect example– if the one lone Democrat on that committee, Liz Chaplin (now a second term County Board member), had had some allies, the Republican controlled commission would not have drained 90 million from the Water Commission kitty only to cover it up with a sales tax they blamed on the Democrats in Springfield (though it saved their butts). In a sad Republican turnaround-style agenda, they turned around and yanked up DuPage water rates by 30% even after all this taxing and spending.