Archive for the '2009 Consolidated Election' Category

Thanks, congratulations, and encouragement

The morning after an election is usually bittersweet, as we savor the victories and muse over the losses. Here again are Eric Thorsland’s thoughts.

The hard work and effort of all our candidates, volunteers and loyal supporters is much appreciated. The results after the evening was done had some surprises and some disappointments, but the win or lose we want to thank all who helped our candidates through the process. If you walked, phoned, stamped, stapled, folded, or feed us, then you were a part of what makes democracy happen.

We want to congratulate the winners, encourage those who did not prevail and look ahead to the next election to put our effort out, better, stronger, and more unified. Lets look for the areas we can do better and do the work we need to do to get candidates out in as many races we can with as much support we can muster. Thank you all.

Consolidated Elections April 7

The April 7th Municipal Elections are upon us and we would like to remind everyone to get out to vote, especially in the contested seats on the ballot. Here is a rundown of some of the races, courtesy of Eric Thorsland.

One of the hottest races is the Urbana Mayoral contest, where Mayor Laurel Prussing faces not one or two opponents, but three! Laurel needs your vote on the 7th, and be sure to get your fellow Democrats in Urbana to the polls as well. Along with the Mayoral race, Phyllis Clark is looking for re-election as clerk, and we have 5 contested City Council seats on the ballot, so cast your vote for Charles Smyth, David Gehrig, Robert Lewis, Michael Langendorf and Diane Martin.

City of Champaign Township Supervisor is an open race and D’Anne Winston looks forward to a win in that seat. And in what would be a welcome change in the Assessors office for those in the township looking to finally get a fair assessment, Wayne Williams is providing the long unchallenged incumbent a race for the job, it is truly time for change.

While the City of Champaign City council is non-partisan, most progressives will prefer primary winner Freddie Gordon, who actually gathered more votes as a write in than the only candidate actually on the ballot! We also encourage support for incumbents Marci Dodds and Michael LaDue.

In rural Republican controlled District one, in particular the greater Mahomet area, there are Democratic challengers for local seats facing incumbents and newcomers alike.

Mahomet Township features two Trustee candidates in Tess Morrisson, daughter of Democratic stalwart Bob Morrison, and longtime Mahomet resident Joan Jordan, teacher and second time candidate for one of the seats there. In Rural Newcomb Township one trustee seat is the goal of lone Democrat candidate Jamie Stevens from the Fisher area.

Again we encourage diligence and responsibility, and ask you to make sure you make the polls on Tuesday April 7th and vote Democratic!