Annual Report delivered February of 2019
2018 Report of the Chair of the Democratic Party of Milton Township
The Democratic Party of Milton Township achieved its Mission Statement last year, helping elect Democrats in Milton Township and DuPage County. The long sought after Blue Wave became a reality as our 114 precinct committee-persons, plus numerous volunteers canvassed relentlessly to achieve history in Milton and DuPage. 20 Democrats now represent all or part of Milton Township including all 5 statewide offices, our 2 members of the US House, our 2 US Senators, 2 members of the IL House, our 3 members of the IL Senate, 3 members of the County Board, and 3 countywide offices. That was and is a remarkable achievement.
Election success requires a strong organization of dedicated precinct workers to get out the vote. In 2018 we increased our precinct committeemen coverage to 114 of 130 precincts, inching us closer to 100% coverage this year.
In the area of community outreach, Milton Democrats continued to clean up a stretch of Butterfield Road in warm weather, participate in the annual Great Western Trail Cleanup, and staff the Glen Ellyn Welcome Center for the homeless in frigid weather.
We also continued our eclectic mix of events and activities for all Milton residents. Our vibrant monthly meeting speakers program featured timely topics including cannabis legalization, the war on Planned Parenthood, Illinois tax structure, opioid crisis and workings of IL state government. We celebrated are 2018 candidate class with a social event at Cozymel’s in Wheaton, marched in the Glen Ellyn and Wheaton July 4thParades and staffed a booth at Taste of Wheaton.
In the public debate, our blog, Milton Democrats Speak Out, recorded its 1,800th post and 46,000 page view last year since its inception in 2013.
As one of nine townships in DuPage County, Milton takes pride in strong support for the County Democratic Organization headed for the past ten years by Bob Peickert who retired after the election. We look forward to incoming Chair Cynthia Borbas to build on the amazing 2018 electoral gains.
In 2018 we learned that and endless supply of shoe leather, personal voter contact and commitment to progressive change, triumphs over an endless supply of money. That formula will work in 2019 as we strive to take back the US Senate and presidency in 2020, while turning Milton Township and DuPage County a brighter shade of Blue. To sum up… it’s not yes we can…it’s yes we did. Thank you.