February , 2019

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From: 49th Ward Democratic Party

Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, U.S. Senate candidate Tammy Duckworth and State’s Attorney candidate Kimm Foxx emerged as the big winners at last night’s 49th Ward Democratic Party endorsement session. Each garnered more than two-thirds of the membership vote, which entitles them to an automatic endorsement.

Also winning the progressive organization’s nod, were 9th judicial candidate Jerry Esrig and Water Reclamation District Commissioner candidates Tom Greenhaw, Barbara McGowan, Josina Morita, and Mariyana Spyropoulos.

None of the candidates for Clerk of the Circuit court received the two-thirds vote required for an automatic endorsement and the race was referred to the party’s Board of Directors for further consideration.

Unlike the vast majority of Chicago ward organizations, the final endorsement decisions of the 49th Ward Democratic Party are made by the volunteer members of the organization, not the ward committeeman. The members gather in an open meeting, hear from the candidates and cast their vote by secret ballot. I agree to abide by the results.

I would like to thank all our members who attended last night’s meeting and the candidates who honored us with their presence.  I look forward to an exciting election season.

Below are the results of last night’s endorsement session:

Results of Endorsement Session

To win an automatic endorsement of the 49th Ward Democratic Party, a candidate must receive at least two-thirds of the vote of members voting in the race.  If no candidate receives at least a two-thirds vote, the members of the Board of the 49th Ward Democratic Party may, at their discretion, vote to endorse a candidate in that race.  Please note we endorsed only in contested Democratic Primary races.

Endorsed Candidates:

  • Hillary Clinton for President of the United States
  • Tammy Duckworth for United States Senator
  • Kim Foxx for Cook County State’s Attorney
  • Barbara McGowan for Water Reclamation District (6-year term)
  • Josina Morita for Water Reclamation District (6-year term)
  • Mariyana Spyropoulos for Water Reclamation District (6-year term)
  • Tom Greenhaw for Water Reclamation District (2-year term)
  • Jerry Esrig for 9th Subcircuit Judge

Referred to the Board of Directors for further consideration:

  • Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County

Voting Results

Endorsed candidate–Hillary Clinton

Clinton – 73.3%
Sanders – 26.6%
O’Malley – 0.0%

Endorsed candidate–Tammy Duckworth

Duckworth – 80.0%
Harris – 13.3%
Zopp – 6.6%

Endorsed candidate–Kim Foxx

Foxx – 87.7%
More – 10.5%
Alvarez – 1.8%

Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County
Referred to Board of Directors

Harris – 45.8%
Meister 40.7%
Brown – 13.5%

Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (6-year term)
Endorsed candidates–Josina Morita, Mariyana Spyropoulos, and Barbara McGowan

Note: Percentages equal over 100% because ballots could be cast for up to three candidates.

Morita – 93.9%
Spyropoulos – 89.1%
McGowan – 78.6%
Cook – 24.9%

McDevitt – 8.4%
Capparelli – 6.3%

Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (2-year term)
Endorsed candidate–Tom Greenhaw

Greenhaw – 91.2%
Durkan – 8.8%
Seo – 0.0%

Circuit Court Judge (9th judicial subcircuit)
Endorsed candidate–Jerry Esrig

Esrig – 89.1%
Kougins 10.9%

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