New Trier Democrats make endorsements
Updated: March 3, 2012 11:25AM
A packed and energized town-hall gathering at the Winnetka Community House Sunday let 150 members of New Trier Democrats (NTD) hear candidates for major federal, state and county races, discuss their merits and vote endorsements for the March 20th Democratic Primary Election. This exercise in open democracy identifies candidates with superior talent, leadership, credibility and independence.
NTD endorsed Mary Jane Theis for Illinois Supreme Court with 82 percent support and Jan Schakowsky for 9th District U.S. Congress with 97 percent support. NTD members endorsed Ilya Sheyman for 10th District U.S. Congress with 64 percent support and Julie Morrison for 29th State Senate District with 76 percent support. Because a minimum 60 percent is required for any endorsement, there was no endorsement for Cook County Clerk of the Circuit Court. Endorsements for three positions on the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District went to Debra Shore with 89 percent, Kari Steele with 72 percent and Patrick Daley Thompson with 67 percent.
Other candidates running without opposition in the March 20th Democratic Primary were endorsed without presentations. They were Barack Obama for U.S. President, Daniel Biss for 9th State Senate District, Laura Fine for 17th State Legislative District, Robyn Gable for 18th State Legislative District and Scott Drury for 58th State Legislative District. Also, Anita Alvarez for Cook County States Attorney, Karen Yarborough for Cook County Recorder of Deeds, Casey Thomas Griffin for Cook County 1st District Board of Review Commissioner and Michael Carbonargi for Cook County 2nd District Board of Review Commissioner.
Before any candidate presentations and votes, New Trier Township Democratic Committeeman Dean Maragos introduced current elected officials and dignitaries.
New Trier Democrats have dedicated themselves since the 1960s to promoting government integrity and helping North Shore neighbors become involved in the political process. Strong grassroots volunteerism helps it thrive. NTD are based at 800 Oak Street, Winnetka, 847-446-8030, www.ntdo.org.