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DuPage Dems Difference Makers

DuPage Dems Difference Maker – Joan Knippen - My interest in politics began during the 2016 presidential campaign. I think that is when I really started to pay attention. On election night I was not as surprised as many where, by the outcome. I had a gut feeling for several months on how the election was going to…
DuPage Dems Difference Maker – Gary Kleppe - In Gary's own words... I started getting involved in local politics shortly after moving to Illinois around the turn of the millennium. I participated in a local progressive Democrats group and volunteered for Dennis Kucinich's campaign for president and for Christine Cegelis as she worked to replace noted Republican pecksniff…
DuPage Dems Difference Maker – Mary Lemanski - In Mary's own words... In early 2018, between the Trump administration, Peter Roskam, and Bruce Rauner, I felt that I needed to do something to help the Democrats in the mid-term election, but being a single mom of two kids, I'm limited on time, so I wanted to do something…
DuPage Dems Difference Maker – Dan Bailey - Dan grew up in DuPage. As the oldest of 9 he took care of his siblings He would say he started looking out for the little guy. In primary school felt aligned with the Civil Rights movement. In high school he protested the Vietnam War, following MLK and Ghandian nonviolence.…
DuPage Dems Difference Maker – Jean Kaczmarek - *Write-Up below submitted by Liz Chaplin Years before Jean held public office she was already making a difference in DuPage County. Jean was working tirelessly to ensure our electoral process was fair and just. Jean has also worked to strengthen the DuPage County Ethics Policy and alerted the Dupage County…
DuPage Dems Difference Maker – Lynn Casey-Maher - In Lynn's own words... In 2016 I heeded Bernie Sanders call to action and started getting involved in local politics. Because as we all know, change occurs best from the bottom up. I attended activist events and did my first canvassing with Coalition for a Better Illinois Sixth and Indivisible…
DuPage Dems Difference Maker – Loretta Burke - Chicago native, Loretta Burke, has lived in Aurora for 20 years, and in 2000 became a member of the Naperville Township Democratic Organization. Most recently, Loretta was elected in 2017 as one of the first-ever Democrats to be elected to the Naperville Township Board of Trustees, where she will serve…
DuPage Dems Difference Maker – Walt Zlotow - Walt Zlotow – Completing seventh term as PC in Milton 13. Chair of Milton Democrats, 2015 – 2019. Currently recruiting new PCs in Milton Township. Board member (treasurer) at Indivisible DuPage. Primary focus: working to end America’s perpetual wars through writing and public speaking throughout DuPage. Talks scheduled for September…
DuPage Dems Difference Maker – Laura Font - Laura Font - Who is our current Office Volunteer Coordinator in her own words. PC in Elmhurst for over ten years. (Moved to Oak Park year ago but still showing up at the DuPage office.) After retirement from teaching in Lombard, started volunteering in DuPage Democratic Office during 2016 election.…
DuPage Dems Difference Maker – Cheryl Hagerty - The shock of the 2016 election opened my eyes to the importance of community involvement outside of the school district which I have taught for the past 19 years. My husband and I went to the Women's March held in Chicago and I knew I had to do more. Shortly…
DuPage Dems Difference Maker – Sue Quigley - Like many voters, I didn’t become politically active until after the dreadful November 2016 election wake up call. After a month of whining and being upset, which changed nothing, a friend sent me information about the Jan 9th 2017 DuPage Dems meeting at Wheaton Rec Center. I was relieved and…
DuPage Dems Difference Makers – DPDC Events Team - Events team members are DPDC members, are not PCs (with one exception), and they come from all over DuPage County. They use their considerable talents to do this hard work because they care about electing Democrats. Thank you to Paul Adams, Susan Steinmiller, Carol Redell, Carol Anthony, Helene Lamarre, and…
DuPage Dems Difference Maker – The Tomlinsons - Marian and Gary Tomlinson of Glen Ellyn have been extraordinarily active in Milton Township and DuPage Democratic politics for the past 15 years. Their work on behalf of DuPage Democrats has been collaborative and as seamless as a single individual; which is why they are being nominated as a couple.…
DuPage Dems Difference Maker – Chris English - Chris is the Precinct Committeeperson for Downers Grove Precinct 95. He recently won a seat on the Darien-Woodridge Fire Protection District Board as a write-in candidate. Chris’s contributions do not stop at his own precinct. He has been an integral part of a team that works to turn out voters…
DuPage Dems Difference Maker – Barbara Lonergan - Barbara Lonergan was the PC of the Year from the Addison Township Democratic Organization. Here's some information about her great work in Barbara's own words. Jim Caffrey asked me to manage Addison Township precincts in Elmhurst for his campaign. In some cases, ATDO/Elmhurst PCs canvassed this territory once for Jim,…
DuPage Dems Difference Maker – Nobuko Kudo - Nobuko has been involved in political activism since 2008 when Obama first ran for president. As part of the Chicago Lawyers for Obama, she drove to one of the reddest counties in Indiana and worked as an election monitor for the campaign and, in 2012, registered voters in Iowa for…
DuPage Dems Difference Maker – Mark Van Scharrel - Meet Mark Van Scharrel, PC in Lisle Township, Precinct 50, who doesn't have a huge resume with the Democratic Party, but I know he's a true Difference-Maker. Mark was politically moved to action following the 2016 Election, together with his wife, Julie Ryan, to become an important part of the…
DuPage Dems Difference Maker – Julia Beckman - Julia has been an active participant in Illinois Democratic politics for more than four decades. Currently, Julia is the Precinct Committeeman for Precinct 110 in Darien and State Central Committeewoman for the 11th District. Julia began her political career in DuPage with the McGovern campaign for President in 1972, working…
DuPage Dems Difference Maker – Chris Hotchkin - Chris is the Precinct Committeeman for Precinct 92 in Downers Grove and has been an active volunteer for many campaigns. Chris has served as the Chair and Vice Chair of Downers Grove Township Democratic Organization, as well as Vice Chair of the Democratic Party of DuPage County and Vice President…
DuPage Dems Difference Maker – Bruce Beckman - Bruce Beckman has been active in the Village of Downers Grove for 40 years. He is currently the Precinct Committeeperson for Downers Grove Precinct 51. Bruce has been an active participant with the Democratic Party of DuPage County and the Downers Grove Township Democrats. He supports both with his time,…
DuPage Dems Difference Maker – Samantha Wilson - Samantha Wilson began volunteering in Dupage County in 2015, making calls and knocking doors for the Bernie Sanders campaign. After his defeat in the primary, Samantha began to explore the world of local politics, knocking doors for Michelle Gale and Liz Chaplin in 2016. She also became an appointed PC,…
DuPage Dems Difference Maker – Laura Haule - Laura Haule is the PC of the Year from Winfield Township Democratic Organization. Here's what her Chair (Lynn Casey-Maher) wrote about Laura. I have selected Laura Haule as Winfield Township’s candidate for Precinct Committeeperson of the Year. Laura has been a tremendous asset to not only her fellow PCs and…
DuPage Dems Difference Maker – Parth Patel - Parth Patel is the Wayne Township Democratic Party's PC of the Year. He also just ran for the Bartlett Library Board and just barely missed a victory in his first ever election. He is also the driving force behind Fossil Free Bartlett. Parth not only consistently works his precinct multiple…
DuPage Dems Difference Maker – Kat Pavlik - Kat Pavlik's PC Story in her own words... Like so many other people, after the 2016 election I became politically active. The Bush vs. Gore protest of 2000 in Palm Beach Florida was my only prior political activity. I waited my whole life, since I was a little girl, for…
DuPage Dems Difference Maker – Beth Brownson - Beth has been an active participant in Illinois Democratic politics for more than for more than four decades. Currently, she is the Precinct Committeeman for Precinct 54 in Downers Grove and an active volunteer. Beth has served as the Secretary of Downers Grove Township Democratic Organization since 2004 and of…
DuPage Dems Difference Maker – Tina Tyson Dunne - Tina has been strongly involved with politics in DuPage since the 2016 cycle. In 2016, she worked with Bernie’s Northern IL Group and then moved on to Hillary for America after the primary. After the 2016 General, she became involved with the DuPage Dems on a number of action teams,…

 

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