Democratic Party of Milton Township
August 25, 2022
Meeting Called to Order at 7:31 pm by Jessica Hierbaum, Chair.
We convened as an in-person meeting at the Glen Ellyn Historical Society,
Other Officers at the meeting: Dennis Terdy, Operations Officer; Wyatt Merritt, Outreach Officer; and James Rospond, Treasurer.
Quote: Jessica opened with this quote from Adam Schiff from Donald Trump’s 1st Senate impeachment trial:
"(Trump) has betrayed our national security, and he will do so again. You cannot constrain him. He is who he is. Truth matters little to him. What's right matters even less, and decency matters not at all."
Welcome: Jessica welcomed all and invited anyone new to introduce themselves. There were a number of new attendees, including a group from Windsor Park in Carol Stream.
Jessica asked candidates & their surrogates to stand up and introduce themselves. Candidates who introduced themselves were: Jackie Williamson – IL House 47, Jean Kaczmarek – County Clerk, Shawn Ryan – County Board 4 and Mary Ozog – County Board 4, Mia McPherson – 18th Circuit Court, Jill Otte – 18th Circuit Court. Surrogates spoke for the following candidates: Sean Casten – US House 6, Laura Ellman – IL Senate 21, Suzy Glowiak – IL Senate 23, Dan Hebreard – DuPage Forest Preserve, Mary Kay O’Brien – IL Supreme Court.
In local election news, Jean Kaczmarek reported that all registered voters in the county will soon receive an application in the mail for permanent Vote-by-Mail status (50K voters have already signed up for this). The county is also promoting its “Vote anywhere” capability, made possible by the new election equipment Jean’s office procured last year. This success is attracting attention within and outside Illinois from other election authorities. DuPage had the largest primary turnout in June.
Approval of June Minutes: Dennis Terdy moved and Larry Pitts seconded the motion to approve the June minutes without reading them (there was no meeting in July, so there are no July minutes). The minutes were approved.
Treasurer’s Report: James Rospond, Treasurer, presented the July Treasurer’s report.
For July, 2022, total receipts were $700.00. Total disbursements were $94.18, for the parades, making the end of the month balance $6,317.48, an increase of $572.06. Details on the DPMT site.
Paid membership currently stands at 118 active members. Additional details can be found in the Treasurer’s Report.
Operations Update - Dennis Terdy
Candidate videos from the primary winners are on our new YouTube channel, and can be reached from our web site. Please keep clicking on them from YouTube to help keep these visible.
PCs will be doing 2 canvasses before the Election. Getting out the vote is our mission.
If people want to help us recruit volunteers to drop literature, they can distribute the July 4th Parade “Walk for Our Democracy” business cards. Dennis distributed them to meeting attendees.
Dennis encouraged people to put signs in their yards. People look to us as leaders to help them know who to vote for.
Election of Delegates & Alternates to the Democratic Party of DuPage County’s Executive Committee
Jessica explained that Milton Township has been allotted 5 delegates to the DPDC’s Executive Committee. Dennis announced that the Nominating Committee (Dennis Terdy, Gary Tomlinson & Judy Pitts) nominated the following people to serve as delegates: Dennis Terdy, James Rospond, Mike Kaczmarek, Erica Bray-Parker, Larry Pitts.
There were no other nominations from the floor. Judy Pitts moved to elect the slate of delegates by acclamation. Mary Ozog seconded the motion. The motion passed by voice vote.
Dennis Terdy announced that the Nominating Committee nominated the following people to serve as alternate delegates: Frank Merritt, Marian Tomlinson, Karen Craven, Bonnie Gahris, Dan Bailey.
There were no other nominations from the floor. Joe Fortunato moved to elect the slate of alternates by acclamation. Tom Garippo seconded the motion. The motion passed by voice vote.
Vickie Tabbert – Board President of DuPage P.A.D.S. gave us an overview of what’s new at P.A.D.S.
Jackie Williamson – newly-slated candidate for IL House District 47 introduced herself to the attendees. She thanked Milton Township Dems for their help with her signature canvass. Her major issues are reproductive rights, gun violence, and climate change.
Laurie Nowak – newly-slated candidate for IL Senate District 24 introduced herself to the attendees. Laurie has been highly active in the local Democratic Party, as a PC, election judge, general worker, and former County Board member.
Mia McPherson and Jill Otte – both candidates for Circuit Court judge -- also introduced themselves and mentioned their coordinated campaign flyer, which will be available soon.
Adjournment: Erica Bray-Parker moved and Mary Ozog seconded the motion to adjourn. The meeting adjourned at 8:46 pm.
Our next Milton Township Democratic Party meeting will be on Thursday, September 22nd, 2022 at 7:30pm at the Glen Ellyn Historical Society, 800 N. Main St. in Glen Ellyn.
The PC Forum for the general election will be on Saturday, September 10, from 9:30 – 10:30 am at the Glen Ellyn Historical Society, 800 N. Main St. in Glen Ellyn.
We will hold a candidate Open House on Tuesday, October 18, from 7:00-8:30 pm at the Glen Ellyn Historical Society, 800 N. Main St. in Glen Ellyn.
Submitted by Jessica Hierbaum, Chair & Wyatt Merritt, Outreach Officer