Cook County Commissioner Mike Quigley has been nominated for Congress, what happens next?
1. We have to get Commissioner Quigley elected to Congress.
While we believe Commissioner Quigley will be elected handily, the Republicans have nominated a very far right candidate. We must make sure their candidate is defeated.
Help turn out the vote for Mike and build our ward organization by being a precinct leader for the April 7 election!
Early Voting has begun. You can vote March 16th - April 2nd, Monday - Saturday, 9am to 5pm, at:
Lincoln Park Library,
1150 W. Fullerton
Chicago Election Board, 69 W. Washington, Lower Level
You can get more Early Voting information or check your Voter Registration and find your polling place for April 7th.
2. We have to select a new Cook County Commissioner - and I want to hear from you!
Under Illinois law, vacancies are filled by the vote of the committeemen in that district who are of the same party as the office-holder. That means that the Democratic Committeemen who serve in Commissioner Quigley's district will select his replacement, who will until Commissioner Quigley's term expires in 2010.
I'm one of those committeemen, and I'll explain how it works. Each committeeman gets a "weighted vote." The weighted vote equals the total number of votes Commissioner Quigley received in November 2006, when he was last elected. Now you know why voter turnout is critical - it determines my weighted vote.
Here's how the votes break down:
Vote for Quigley
Ward in Nov. 2006
32 1208 John Fritchey
39 3629 Randy Barnette
40 5527 Pat O'Conner
41 210 Mary O'Conner
43 10786 Michele Smith
44 12923 Tom Tunney
45 217 Pat Levar
46 12013 Tom Sharpe
48 12545 Carol Ronen
49 1463 David Fagus
50 2384 Ira Silverstein
31,453 Needed to win
As you can see, there are several combinations of committeemen's votes that can result in the needed votes.
The vote will not take place until after Commissioner Quigley resigns his seat to take his place in Congress, though there is a procedural meeting on March 20. I will be asking for a public meeting to hear from interested candidates.
Bear in mind that the appointment by the committeemen is no guarantee of keeping the seat. The person who gets the nod will have to campaign for election in 2010 - and potentially have to fight a primary challenge.
I'd like to know who you think might be a good successor to Commissioner Quigley. You've probably read a lot of names in the blogs and newspapers. Let me know by what you think by replying at email@example.com and tell me what ward you live in. If you don't live in the 43rd Ward, please let your committeeman know as well.
I look forward to hearing from you.