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Thursday, January 22, 2009

Candidate Forum!

5th Congressional District Candidates Forum
Sunday, February 1, 2009
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
DePaul Student Center
2250 N. Sheffield
multi-purpose room

Moderator: Lynn Sweet, Chicago Sun-Times
Washington D.C. Bureau Chief

The event is presented by DePaul Democrats and co-hosted by 43rd Ward Democrats.

In the interest of fair and open government, 43rd Ward Democrats have supported an Open Primary and are committed to providing a platform for all candidates who have announced in this race - all 15 of them! The list on the right includes all Democratic candidates who have filed petitions to be on the ballot for the March 3rd Primary.

The Reader's Ben Joravsky writes about the event.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

43rd Ward Dems Witness Change...

We celebrated today as Barack Obama took the oath of office. What a thrilling year it's been for the new 43rd Ward Democratic Ward organization. We had an Inauguration Party and over 100 people watched the ceremonies and cheered on our new President. Here are some of the faces that made our victories and accomplishments possible. Each person was asked to say how they felt on this historic day. We hope you'll add your voice to theirs! [To turn off the music, which is built into the slide show tool, click on the speaker. To see what each person said, move your cursor over the image.]

Monday, January 12, 2009

It's An Open Primary in 5th CD!

The Committeemen of the 5th Congressional District met for a slating session this past Saturday. The meeting was convened to hear from potential candidates and decide whether or not to officially endorse one of them as the Party candidate.

As I indicated in my last post to this blog, in the interest of fair and open government, I am in support of an Open Primary and committed to providing a platform for all candidates who have announced in this race.

So, I am pleased and proud that in my first slating session as Democratic Committeeman of the 43rd Ward I was able to cast my vote for an Open Primary and that it carried the day!

According to Lynn Sweet of the Chicago Sun-Times:

"Michelle Smith, the new committeewoman of the 43rd Ward, argued with O'Connor about his suggestion that "...as committemen we 'shirk our responsibilities' by supporting an open primary."

"I disagree," she said, noting that Barack Obama never would have been slated to be the Democratic candidate for president, she said.

"I don't know if we're shirking our responsibilities if we fail to endorse someone," she said. "I wonder if we are embracing our responsibilities to build involvement and to revitalize this party. I am quite concerned that should we choose on just three days' notice to slate a candidate, we will turn off the voters.""

Read Lynn Sweet's complete coverag of the slating session at: http://blogs.suntimes.com/sweet/2009/01/omg_open_primary_for_rahm_eman.html

Monday, January 5, 2009

5th Congressional District Race

The date has been set. The special election for Illinois' 5th Congressional District seat will be held on April 7, 2009, with a special primary election to be held on March 3. This election is to fill the seat of Rahm Emanuel, incoming Chief of Staff to President-elect Barack Obama.

We have come into office as the 43rd Ward Democrats pledged to fair government, openness and transparency. We, therefore, support this open primary and are committed to providing a platform for all the those candidates who have announced their run for this seat.

We will be providing contact and event information for each candidate and keep the community up to date and informed as the petitioning begins and we learn more about each candidate's stance on the issues important to Progressive Democrats.

We are committed to hosting a public forum for voters in the 43rd Ward so that we can all be educated about the candidates in this very important race.

The candidates who have thus far filed with the FEC are listed on the right.

Happy New Year!

Thanks to all of you, I was elected Democratic Committeeman of the 43rd Ward in February 2008. We've accomplished a lot.
43rd Ward Democrats:

  • Registered more than 1,000 new 43rd Ward voters.
  • Delivered the 5th highest voter turn-out in the city!
  • Filled more than 150 Democratic Election Judge slots with a record number of 43rd Ward residents as judges.
  • Introduced Anita Alvarez, Democratic Candidate for State's Attorney, to the ward at our first Membership Meeting.
  • Sponsored trips for Obama to Michigan, Wisconsin and Indiana and hosted phone-banking volunteers for Obama at our new HQ.
  • Ran a highly successful Election Day with dozens of volunteers who drove judges to the polls, delivered lunches and answered phones.
  • Hosted our First Annual Unity Fundraiser with Peg Roth, the former 43rd Ward Committeeman, as our Honorary Co-Chair and over 150 people in attendance.
  • Held a Rally for Obama co-hosted by DePaul Democrats, Students & Families for Obama and the Obama Campaign where over a hundred students and longtime residents volunteered to make phone calls, go door-to-door and go out of town to help elect Barack Obama.
  • Opened our New Ward Office - at 2527 N. Lincoln Avenue. It's proven a great spot for Democrats to gather. Come visit soon!