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2527 N. Lincoln Avenue - 773-661-2133

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Look What We've Accomplished!

Since I was elected Democratic Committeeman of the 43rd Ward in February 2008, I have accomplished many things beyond the scope of a Committeeman’s designated responsibility to run elections. I have kept to my personal mission of educating and informing the voters of the 43rd Ward and increasing voter turnout to a greater extent than has ever been done in the past . We have introduced candidates for office, as well as elected officials, directly to the voters more than any other ward organization, and kept you informed about matters of local and national importance.

In 2010:
• I’m keeping you informed about important developments in the Lincoln Park Hospital development controversy and building public support to keep future development residential
• Our Candidate Fair introduced voters to more than 55 Candidates running for local and statewide offices in the February Primary.
• Our 43rd Ward Democrats endorsed progressive independent candidates for the February Primary. We did thorough research to help you elect the most qualified judges and other candidates in races that receive little press coverage so you could exercise an informed vote.
• On Election Day, we increased voter turnout by 1600 more people than in the late mid-term election in 2006, a 26% increase.
• Our comprehensive research showed how judges are actually selected in Cook County. I took you behind the scenes of the Democratic Party and told you how slating works.

In 2009:
• Over 300 people (and much of the city’s media) covered our County Board President Candidates Forum, moderated by Andy Shaw, former network political reporter and head of the Better Government Association.
• We introduced Candidates for Illinois State Treasurer, State Comptroller and County Metropolitan Water Reclamation District to the voters at our Meet the Candidates Event.
• The 43rd Ward Democrats’ Candidates Forum in the 5th Congressional District Special Election attracted a crowd of more than 700 people.
• Our Hear from Your Elected Officials event, featuring Congressmen Danny Davis and Mike Quigley and State Representatives Sara Feigenholtz and John Fritchey, allowed constituents to get direct answers from their representatives.
• I cast the deciding vote in the Democratic Party slating session to ensure that the 5th Congressional District Special Election race would be an open primary, leaving the decision to the voters of the district instead of party bosses.
• I took independent stands in Democratic Party matters involving slating.
• Our community meetings introduced 43rd ward voters to newly elected Congressman Mike Quigley and newly appointed County Commissioner Bridget Gainer.
• Over 200 people attended our very successful Second Annual Unity Fundraiser.
• Our Petitioning Event gave volunteer support to 18 local and statewide races and put volunteers in direct contact with candidates and campaigns.
• We hosted successful phone banks to support health care reform.

In 2008:
• I hosted the 43rd Ward Democrats First Meeting where Anita Alvarez, Democratic Candidate for State’s Attorney, was introduced to voters.
• Voter Registration - We registered more than 1,000 new 43rd Ward voters.
• Judge Recruitment – We filled more than 150 Democratic Election Judge slots with a record number of 43rd Ward residents as judges.
• First Annual Unity Fundraiser - The evening was a tremendous success and brought together elected officials and residents from all over the ward.
• You went with me to the Democratic Convention in Denver for an on-the-ground look.
• Our packed Rally for Obama generated 100 students and longtime residents to volunteer to make phone calls, go door-to-door and go to Michigan and Wisconsin to help elect Barack Obama.
• New Ward Office – opened at 2527 N. Lincoln Avenue.
• Our First Election Day – we increased the number of 43rd Ward residents serving as election judges by 100% and a huge number 43rd ward volunteers helped make the day run smoothly.

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