News & Events

December 4, 2019
A Call To Arms
“For one true measure of a nation is its success in fulfilling the promise of a better life for each of its members. Let this be the measure of our nation” President John F. Kennedy, February 27, 1962, Special Message to the Congress 

This is the founding principle of our nation - to improve the human condition for all Americans no matter what their social or economic status. Yet today we are witnessing the degradation of our society at the hands of a man – Donald Trump - whose sole purpose in his holding the office of President of the United States is his own greed and self-aggrandizement. He has betrayed his oath of office to be loyal only to the best interests of the nation and its citizens. 

He is systematically destroying women’s rights, the overturn of Roe v. Wade, destroying the environment by allowing lower standards of pollution control, encouraging far right extremist groups, doing the bidding of dictators such as Putin and President Erdogan of Turkey, betrayed our allies in NATO and the Kurds among others. He has used the State Department officials in Ukraine to become his political henchman. We are now witnessing impeachment proceedings against this despicable demagogue. 

We all agree that our nation is in a dire state of peril. You may be asking what can I do to stop Trump and get the nation on the right path again. The answer is JOIN the New Trier Democrats in our winning plan to oust Trump from office and regain control of the three branches of government. This is our Call to Arms! 

Last year due to our New Trier team’s work we elected a Democratic Governor J.B. Pritzker and maintained our Democratic majority in both the State Senate and House. Yet perhaps our greatest victories were in our local Congressional elections as we added 2 more new Congressional representatives to Congress: Sean Casten and Lauren Underwood in addition to our other outstanding representatives Jan Schakowsky and Brad Schneider and we have taken back the U.S. Congress.
On January 26, 2020 at 1:30 pm at the Winnetka Community House we have our formal endorsement session in which you as a New Trier Democratic member can speak and vote for your candidate of choice from the race for President of the United States, to Cook County State's Attorney, Cook County Clerk of the Court and the Illinois Supreme & Appellate Court. 

The Political Momentum is on our side! We have seen Trump get soundly defeated in Virginia, Kentucky and Louisiana – supposed Trump strongholds. We need to take back the U.S. Senate and the White House in 2020. 

The Fight Starts Now . Join us to defeat Donald Trump and all that he stands for. Become members for as little at $50. Join us on our work with the Democratic Party in Wisconsin and our work here in the Casten and Underwood districts. We are now establishing our 2020 strategy and urge you to join us in the implementation of our strategy for total victory in November, 2020. 

All of the funds we collect at the New Trier Democratic Organization are used only for political races and events supporting our candidates and causes we believe are important to our community. 

The choice is yours. Join us to defeat Trump or watch while he wins again in 2020 and destroys the America we know and love. Call us at (847) 446-8030 or email us to join our team. I know together we can beat Trump and fulfill President Kennedy’s charge to us to assist our fellow citizens in fulfilling a better life for all.

Thank you for your critical support in our battle. 

Dean T. Maragos
A Holiday Party With New Trier Democrats
Thursday, December 12th from 6:00pm to 8:00pm

New Trier Democrats will provide the hors d'oeuvres, and drinks will be available for purchase. This event is not a fundraiser. It's just an opportunity to have fun and meet other area Democrats.

We will be collecting non-perishable canned and packaged food, useful paper goods, and toiletry items to donate to the New Trier Township Food Pantry.  A complete list of priority pantry items is here . Anything you can donate is greatly appreciated - let's help fill their shelves!
New Trier Democrats' Endorsement Meeting
Sunday, January 26th from 1:30pm to 5:00pm
Your Vote Determines Who We Endorse in the 2020 Primary

New Trier Democrats will be voting on candidates to endorse and support – as an organization – for the upcoming 2020 Democratic Primary. This meeting is your opportunity to have a say in local, state and national politics. Our endorsement meetings are always spirited, and we expect this meeting will be no different given the number of candidates running for office. 

We will be hearing presentations from candidates (or their chosen representatives) in the following contested races: U.S. President, Cook County State’s Attorney, Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County, IL Supreme Court and IL Appellate Court

To be eligible to vote in New Trier Dems’ Endorsement Meeting, you must be: (1) a current member – so you must be paid up on your 2020 membership dues; (2) a resident of New Trier Township; and (3) at least 18 years of age on the date of the March 17, 2020 Primary. Membership dues paid after December 1, 2019 will be counted as 2020 dues .
Dues also may be paid by mailing your check to New Trier Democrats at 800 Oak St., Suite 112, Winnetka, IL 60093 

Questions? or 847-446-8030
Other Events of Interest
Inclusion in our "Other Events of Interest" List – whether it’s a fundraising event for a specific candidate or an event concerning a particular issue – does not mean that the New Trier Democrats have endorsed that candidate or adopted that position on an issue. 
This Friday, December 6, 2019: J Street Annual Luncheon

When : Friday, December 6, 2019 from 12:00noon to 2:00pm
Where : Venue Six10, 610 South Michigan Ave., Chicago
What : J Street Chicago holds its annual luncheon, this year honoring Richard Goldwasser, Chair of J Street’s Chicago chapter. Keynote speaker will be David Axelrod, chief strategist and senior advisor to President Barack Obama. For additional information or to RSVP,  register online  or for questions, please contact Sam Berkman at
This Saturday, December 7, 2019: Wisconsin Voter I.D. Canvass in Kenosha

When : Saturday, December 7, 2019 from 11:00am to 2:30pm (arrive in Kenosha by 11:00am for training; 11:30 head out to canvass; leave Kenosha around 2:30pm)
Where : Kenosha Democratic Party office, 5712 7th St, Kenosha
What : Join fellow north suburban Democrats as they canvass in Kenosha, Wisconsin to identify new potential Democratic voters and make sure they have proper identification to vote in 2020. All predictive lists concur that Wisconsin, with just 10 electoral votes, could easily be the state that determines the 2020 presidential winner. Our boots on the ground are needed to flip it!  To register for this canvass, please contact Nancy Bruski at  – When you do, PLEASE indicate your cellphone number as well as whether you need a ride or can offer one.
This Sunday, December 8, 2019: Jan Schakowsky’s Holiday Reception and Political Discussion

When : Sunday, December 8, 2019 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Where : Jan’s House, 1101 Ridge Ave, Evanston
What : Please Join Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky for her Holiday Reception and Political Discussion. To RSVP please  register online , or for more information contact Sarah Gersten at 847-424-1998 or email
Michael Cabonargi
Tuesday, December 10, 2019: Reception for Michael Cabonargi

When : Tuesday, December 10, 2019 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Where : Residence of Kevin and Cami Freeman, 5712 S. Harper Ave., Chicago
What : A reception for Michael Cabonargi, candidate for Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County. For information, email
Bob Morgan
Tuesday, December 10, 2019: Rep. Bob Morgan Holiday Party

When : Tuesday, December 10, 2019 from 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Where : Warehouse Eatery, 833 Deerfield Rd., Deerfield
What : Holiday Party in support of Hon. Bob Morgan, Illinois State Representative, 58th District. For additional information or to RSVP,  register online   or contact Joey Slater at or call 312-448-8014.
Thursday, December 12, 2019: Reception for Michael Cabonargi

When : Thursday, December 12, 2019 from 5:00pm to 6:30pm
Where : Clarity Partners, 20 N. Clark St. Suite 3600, Chicago
What : A reception for Michael Cabonargi, candidate for Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County. Make a contribution online here . RSVP to 773.562.9595 or
Saturday, December 14, 2019: Schneider For Congress Holiday Party

When : Saturday, December 14, 2019 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Where : Fuller Center Lake County, 141 S. Genesee St., Waukegan
What : Schneider for Congress 2019 Holiday Party. Free admission. For additional information or to RSVP,  register online .
Sunday, December 15, 2019: Brad Schneider End of the Year Get-Together

When : Sunday, December 15, 2019 from 2:30pm to 4:00pm
Where : Max and Benny’s – Ariella’s Event Space, 461 Waukegan Rd., Northbrook
What:  End of the year get-together in support of Congressman Brad Schneider. For additional information or to RSVP,  register online  or email Emanuela Frankel at or call 312-213-3588.
Sunday, December 15, 2019: Latkes & Vodkas With Congressman Schneider

When : Sunday, December 15, 2019 from 4:30pm to 6:00pm
Where : Hosted by Erica and Rob Regunberg. Address provided upon RSVP.
What : Annual Latkes & Vodkas event in support of Congressman Brad Schneider. For additional information or to RSVP,  register online  or call Emanuela Frankel at 312-213-3588 or email
Josina Morita
Tuesday, December 17, 2019: Josina Morita Midterm Skokie Fundraiser

When : Tuesday, December 17, 2019 from 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Where : Ignite Gaming Lounge, 8125 Skokie Blvd., Skokie
What : Midterm Skokie Fundraiser for Josina Morita, Commissioner, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District. For additional information or to RSVP, visit the  Facebook page .
Wednesday, January 8, 2020: Deputy Voter Registrar Training With Tenth Dems

When:  Wednesday, January 8, 2020 from 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Where : Northbrook Public Library, Civic Room, 1201 Cedar Lane, Northbrook
What :  A training for Deputy Voter Registrars.  Participants must be Cook County residents at least 18 years of age and registered to vote in the County.   Deputy Registrars must be trained in the county in which they live, but once trained they can register new voters anywhere in the state of Illinois. This training is being held through the County Clerk’s office  and is free of charge. Sign-ups will be taken up to five hours before the class starts. Late sign-ups may or may not be added to the class. For additional information or to RSVP,   register online , email, or call 847-266-VOTE (8683).
In Memoriam, Dr. Jack Melamed
Dr. Jack and Marcia Melamed (far left) at Rep. Jan Schakowsky's Ultimate Women's Power Lunch in May, 2019.
It is with great sorrow that I have learned of the passing of New Trier Democrats' long-time member and political activist, Dr. Jack Melamed. When I first became involved with New Trier Democrats in 2005-06 through the Dan Seals campaign, I met Jack and his lovely wife, Marcia. They were great supporters of not only our organization but of Dan Seals and, later on, one of the first supporters of Barack Obama. Jack and Marcia were great about volunteering their time in our organization and were generous in their financial support. In recent years they moved to The Mather in Evanston. I was fortunate to spend some time talking with both Jack and Marcia at Jan Schakowsky’s BBQ this past summer.

Jack will be greatly missed and I ask that you please join me in sending our thoughts and prayers to Marcia Melamed and her family. 

Judy Mandel
President, New Trier Democrats
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