25

May

2020

2020 Convention: Introducing the Slates

Candidates are entitled to short biographies to be posted here. This information will be updated as more information becomes available. Ballots will be mailed May 29, and counted on June 14.

 

Bill ThomanChair
Billy Morgan1st Vice Chair
Ruby Lofton2nd Vice Chair
Karen M. JohnsonAuditor
Sherry WilliamsSecretary
Kevin M. ClancyTreasurer
Kathleen A. KennedySergeant at Arms

Nora GruenbergChair
Burke Schuster1st Vice Chair
Sonia Jenkins2nd Vice Chair
Sonni Choi Williams, Auditor
Lorraine Guerrero NeumayerSecretary
Kenneth HarrisTreasurer
John ValoneSergeant at Arms 

 

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15

May

2020

Announcing Your 2020 Convention Proctor Committee

The convention process for the 2020 Will County Democratic Convention is underway. Nominations began on Monday, and continue until Friday, May 15.
 
In order to facilitate a seamless and transparent vote-by-mail convention, the Will County Democratic Party has chosen to designate a panel of impartial Democrats to manage the most sensitive parts of the convention, including mailing out ballots, counting the votes, and ensuring the integrity of the election's operations.
 
The proctor committee consists of:
  • Kevin "Duffy" Blackburn, Will County Auditor
  • Andrea Lynn Chasteen, Will County Circuit Court Clerk
  • Lauren Staley Ferry, Will County Clerk
  • Karen Gonzalez, former longtime precinct committeeperson who has overseen multiple county conventions
  • Karen A. Stukel, Will County Recorder of Deeds
The proctor committee is already hard at work. They will be calling candidates to determine whether they accept the nominations they've received and determining the slates of those nominated for chair. On Saturday at noon, they will be hosting a drawing to determine ballot placement, and sending ballots off to the printers - a unionized print shop - early next week. Ballots will be mailed out May 29.
 
Further instructions and information will be included on the ballots and in further communications from the Will County Democratic Party.
 
The executive board is immensely grateful to the proctor committee for donating their time and effort to ensuring that the 2020 convention is run efficiently, effectively, and transparently in the wake of COVID-19 and Governor Pritzker's stay-at-home orders.

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11

May

2020

Nominations Are Open For the Will County Democratic Convention

Nominations will be open from Monday, May 11, 2020 to Friday, May 15; any nominations should be emailed during that period to WCDCC.nomination@gmail.com.

The positions open for nomination are Chair, First Vice Chair, Second Vice Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, Auditor, and Sergeant at Arms. Any candidate who receives two nominations will be considered to be nominated and seconded, and their name will appear here.

Please note that full slates need not all be nominated during this period; candidates for chair will be asked for their slate following the nomination period and acceptance of the nomination.

Individuals who have already been named as a part of a slate during the nomination process by the candidate for chair are denoted as such below.

As of Friday, May 15, at 6:30 pm, the following nominations have been made and seconded:

For the office of Chair: Bill Thoman
For the office of Chair: Nora Gruenberg

For the office of First Vice Chair: Burke Schuster
For the office of First Vice Chair: Billy Morgan (Thoman slate)

For the office of Second Vice Chair: Sonia Jenkins
For the office of Second Vice Chair: Ruby Lofton (Thoman slate)

For the office of Secretary: Lorraine Guerrero-Neumayer
For the office of Secretary: Sherry Williams (Thoman slate)

For the office of Treasurer: Ken Harris
For the office of Treasurer: Kevin Clancy (Thoman slate)

For the office of Auditor: Sonni Choi Williams
For the office of Auditor: Karen Johnson (Thoman slate)

For the office of Sergeant at Arms: John Valone
For the office of Sergeant at Arms: Kathleen Kennedy (Thoman slate)
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18

Mar

2020

Statement from Will County Democratic Chair Bill Thoman

PLAINFIELD – Bill Thoman, the chair of the Will County Democratic Central Committee, has issued the following statement following the results of the March 17, 2020, primary election:

 

“From a spirited debate of ideas, to a rare primary endorsement by our Party, to unprecedented shutdowns due to the coronavirus pandemic, the March 2020 primary has been one for the history books – for the Will County Democratic Party and for the country at large.

 

“I want to congratulate all of those who were victorious in last night’s contests. Though all of the vote-by-mail votes have not yet been received by the Clerk’s Office, it’s clear that State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant will be our party’s standard-bearer to succeed Larry Walsh, Sr., as the Democratic nominee for County Executive. Congratulations to Senator Bertino-Tarrant, her team, and her supporters!

 

“It’s also clear that Laurie Summers – our party’s endorsed candidate – has routed her opponent. Congratulations go to Laurie, and to the whole Will County Democratic Party that came together to support her in an unprecedented way.

 

“Now is the time to rest, relax, and practice social distancing. It’s also time to reflect on what’s at stake this November: a Democratic countywide slate, a Democratic county board, state elected officials, and so much more.

 

“Though the primaries can be contentious, there’s too much at stake in November – with Donald Trump seeking four more years of destructive policies at the federal level – to sit this one out. I urge all Democrats, whether your candidate won or lost last night, to support our slate, our party, and our values come November.

 

“Thank you, and stay safe!” 

 

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11

May

2014

The Real Vote Fraud

Author: Editor

Many years ago, as a college Republican, I spent one summer in Austin working for a candidate in a special election for the Texas senate. My hometown was a liberal enclave with many college students -- unwashed, longhaired, pot-smoking students, it seemed to me -- who were predominantly Democrats. The more students who came out to vote the less likely our candidate was to win.

But our campaign strategists came up with a plan. They sent mailings to all the registered voters in precincts near the campus. Many cards came back because the addressee had moved, as college students often do. Voters no longer at the address on file with election authorities were not eligible to vote.

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