Idealism -- Integrity -- Independence
NTD NEWS    March 21, 2018
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The 2018 Primary Election is now history. And with the exception of the Cam Davis write-in campaign for a MWRD seat (a combination of computer entries and paper write-ins), the results are in for most of the races we New Trier Dems have paid attention to. We now know who our Democratic Party candidates will be in the November general election. 
     There's no need for me to rehash the details of the political contests we've just witnessed. But I will say this Primary Season was different from most I can remember. It seems like there were more candidates than usual vying for the Democratic nomination in several key races. -- How did that happen?
     In the case of the Attorney General race, the crowded field of extraordinary Democratic candidates was the result of Lisa Madigan's unexpected announcement that she wouldn't seek reelection. Once that political career opportunity appeared, naturally a number of sharp, highly qualified people reached for it.
     The election of the misogynistic, and dangerously ignorant, Donald Trump was another cause for the big 2018 Democratic candidate "turnout." His presidency has awakened a wave of political participation among hundreds of women candidates across America. I'm sure it energized more than a few Illinois women to run for office this year. And I'm guessing it played some motivating role among the impressive candidates who competed for our 17th House District seat.
     Even our state's top political office drew an unusual number of serious competitors for that nomination. The reasons for the crowd of candidates in this case were easy to sum up in two words -- Bruce Rauner. He has been a disaster for Illinois. Each of the Democratic candidates appeared to recognize the urgency of replacing him in November. (The one exception to what I just stated might be the candidate Robert Marshall since I have no idea what he deems urgent other than his mission to divide Illinois into three states. I wonder which of those resulting states he would like to govern?)
     So now, at least for most of the Primary contests, the conciliatory concession speeches have been given. I checked YouTube for the gubernatorial concessions. Daniel Biss' address was beautifully worded, inspiring, hopeful. Chris Kennedy's address was positive and human. Neither displayed bitterness. Their supporters should feel proud.
     In fact, all of you Democrats who supported yesterday's profusion of attractive candidates who weren't winners should feel proud. The people you chose to back did their best to win for you. They were serious candidates - and this is no small thing. It is easy for sideline observers like me to ignore the fact that running for any office - from school board to governor -- is a very tough job. It demands a ridiculous amount of energy and daily motivation. Candidates without deep pockets or deep party funding must spend brutal hours every day fundraising. But the reality is, without people stepping forward to aspire for elected office, we would have no democracy. So, my hat is off to every candidate who put his or her personal lives on hold during this lengthy primary campaign season. To dive into this intense arena must be admired by us all.
     Now the winners of every Democratic Primary contest must begin preparing for the months leading up to Election Day, November 6. We know what needs to be accomplished.
     Bruce Rauner must be removed from office. Illinois Republican candidates, at every level of government, who support Donald Trump's actions must be defeated. Congressman Brad Schneider must be reelected and his Republican opponent sent home permanently. In our neighboring 6th Congressional District, we must do as much as we can to defeat Trump defender Republican Peter Roskam. The same goes for the congressional district just across our northern state border. House Speaker Paul Ryan is facing a legitimate challenge from union organizer Randy Bryce. We must work to defeat him.
     And in our local Illinois legislative races, we must be prepared to keep our 17th District House seat and our 9th District Senate seat blue. We cannot allow them to be taken over by Republican challengers with ultra conservative philosophies. These could be difficult campaigns, with Madigan Machine accusations (a device that never gets old for Republican strategists) being thrown with abandon at both of our local Democratic Party candidates.
     This brings me to my final thought on how we might spend some of our time leading up to November. And that is: we should begin reflecting on some of the disturbing negative aspects of the Democratic Primary we just experienced. This is not an uncomplicated subject so I will reserve it for a commentary in the future. Meanwhile, I am sure many of you have already begun a mental review of what you liked and didn't like about the recent Primary contests and what if anything can be done to improve things.
     Here's the bottom line. We have a lot of worthwhile stuff to do between now and November.

                                                                           Nels Howard
                                                                           NTDO member since 1973   
A message from NTDO's President, Judy Mandel:

"Congratulations to all the winners in yesterday's primary. I was with Cam Davis last night at Prairie Moon with many of our winners - Robyn Gabel, Larry Suffredin and Deb Shore - and things are looking good for Cam but, because he was a write-in candidate, final results could take at least a week. Also, shout out to Fritz Kaegi who slayed the dragon. Hopefully the win stands and no legal action taken by opponents but we will see. Meanwhile, to our members - let us put the races and any hard feelings aside. We need to roll up our sleeves and step up to elect our candidates and also go after some bad GOP in the 6th Congressional District and Wisconsin. Thanks to all who worked so hard for their candidates regardless of outcome to make Democracy work. Thanks to all our volunteers who canvassed and phone banked. Thanks also to Dean and his sign team who put up all those signs at precincts Tuesday. Last but not least, thanks to Joan Fishman who did a great job manning the office and helping us with our Endorsement meeting, mailings and handouts and even doing canvassing. Proud of you all. Looking forward to a productive Summer."

Other events of interest:
This Friday, Mar. 23 in Chicago - ACLU Lunch: Fighting for a More Perfect Union

When:  Friday, March 23, 2018 from 11:00am to 1:30pm; Registration/reception: 11:00am, lunch and program: 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Where: Hilton Chicago, 720 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago
What: ACLU Illinois is hosting its Annual Lunch - Fighting for a More Perfect Union. The guest speaker is Amy Siskind, author of THE LIST: A Week-by-Week Reckoning of Trump's First Year. Ari Afsar and other cast members of Hamilton will perform an original song, "We Won't Sleep," inspired by the work of the ACLU and the Resistance.  Purchase tickets for the ACLU Lunch here. For questions regarding the event, please contact Liesl Pereira at (312) 201-9740 x337 or visit  ACLU Illinois' event page .

This Saturday, Mar. 24 in Chicago - March for Our Lives Chicago

When: Saturday, March 24, 2018 starting at 11:00am
Where: Union Park, 1501 W. Randolph St., Chicago
What: From March for Our Lives Chicago - "On March 24th we will march for the change that is decades overdue. The lack of gun reform has left too many of our classmates dead. It's time for change. March with us." For information about the Chicago march,  check out their Facebook event. For more information about the national March for Our Lives movement,  visit their website.

Monday, Apr. 2 in Highland Park - Tenth Dems University Hosts "Winning Everywhere: A Democratic Path to Victory in 2018" with Congresswoman Cheri Bustos

When:  Monday, April 2, 2018 from 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Where:  Highland Park/Deerfield area: RSVP for location
What:  Tenth Dems University (TDU) hosts "Winning Everywhere: A Democratic Path to Victory in 2018" with Congresswoman Cheri Bustos. TDU's free courses and events offer a chance to become a more informed voter as well as a more active and effective political volunteer. Events often feature elected officials, candidates, political analysts, and authors. Admission is free. Open to Democrats. For more information or to RSVP,  register online , email or call 847-266-VOTE (8683).

Wednesday, Apr. 11 in Chicago - Susana Mendoza Re-Election Launch Party

When: Wednesday, April 11, 2018 from 5:30pm to 7:00pm
Where: Texas De Brazil, 210 E. Illinois St., Chicago
What: A campaign kickoff reception in support of Susana Mendoza's re-election as Illinois Comptroller. For additional information or to RSVP,  register online or email Katy Langenfeld at or call 312-600-9496.

Saturday, Apr. 14 in Deerfield -  Wine Women & Shoes Benefitting A Safe Place

When: Saturday, April 14, 2018 at 5:30pm
Where: Venue One North Shore, 550 Lake Cook Road, Deerfield, IL
What: If you're a wine, shoe or fashion enthusiast, then this is the place for you!  All proceeds will help A Safe Place provide lifesaving services for survivors and children of domestic violence. Tickets on sale now,  RSVP online or call (847) 731-7165.

Monday, Apr. 23 in Chicago -  Jan Schakowsky's 17th Annual Ultimate Women's Power Lunch

When: Monday, April 23, 2018 at 12:00 noon
Where: Chicago Hilton, International Ballroom, 720 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago
What: Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky holds her 17th Annual Ultimate Women's Power Lunch. This year's Keynote Speaker is Stacey Abrams, former Georgia House Minority Leader and candidate for Governor of Georgia. If elected, she will be the first African American Governor in U.S. history. For more information or to reserve your seat,  visit Rep. Schakowsky's website.

One of the exciting activities we will be pursuing across the state line in 2018...
will be to help the Democratic candidate for Congress, Randy Bryce, defeat Wisconsin's Congressman Paul Ryan. This is going to be a hard fought campaign and Randy Bryce can win it. To see his first campaign message  click here.  

Your Legislators:

Legislators Democratic Legislators
who represent New Trier Township in 
Washington, Springfield and Cook County 

You'll be hearing a lot from these exceptional public servants. --

And they want to be hearing a lot from you. 
     The fact is, they need to hear from you and want to hear from you in order to represent you most effectively. So, the first thing you can do is get to know who these people are. The links below to their campaign websites are a good place to start. 
Jan Schakowsky , 9th U.S. Congressional District Representative  and Chief Deputy House Democratic Whip. The new Ninth District boundaries include all of New Trier except for Glencoe. 

Brad Schneider , 10th U.S. Congressional District Representative which includes a number of precincts in Glencoe.
Daniel Biss,   State Senator for Illinois' 9th State Senate District.The Ninth District includes all of New Trier Township.
Julie MorrisonState Senator for Illinois' 29th State Senate District. The district includes New Trier's northernmost precincts.   

Robyn Gabel, IL 18th District State Representative. The 18th District includes much of New Trier up to Hazel Avenue and Dundee Road.
Laura Fine , IL 17th District State Representative.
The 17th District includes the East Glenview and West Wilmette areas of New Trier Township.

Scott Drury IL 58th District State Representative. 
The 58th District includes the northernmost precincts in Glencoe.

Larry Suffredin, Cook County 13th District Commissioner. The 13th District includes all of New Trier, Evanston and Niles Townships. 
Have you visited Senator Biss' website "The Road Back" --
click on the link to his video -- then, throughout the year follow his plan's development on the website.

Daniel explains a lot about how Illinois got where it is today and how we can begin the journey on the road back toward achieving our state's tremendous economic potential.

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