Democratic Party of Milton Townhip
January 23, 2020
Meeting Called to Order at 7:35 pm by Chair, Jessica Hierbaum at the Glen Ellyn Civic Center.
Officers Present: Jessica Hierbaum, Chair; Dennis Terdy, Operations Officer; James Rospond, Treasurer; Elizabeth Hooper Outreach Officer; and Nancy Hopkins, Secretary.
Quote: Jessica read the following quote, “Wherefore President Trump, by such conduct, has demonstrated that he will remain a threat to national security and the Constitution if allowed to remain in office, and has acted in a manner grossly incompatible with self-governance and the rule of law, President Trump thus warrants impeachment and trial, removal from office, and disqualification to hold and enjoy any Office of honor, trust, or profit under the United States.” Article of Impeachment against President Donald Trump.
Welcome: Visitors Welcomed; Charles Webb, Jim McGuire and Rachel Morrissey
Approval of the November 2019 Minutes: Elizabeth Hooper moved and Frank Merritt seconded the motion to dispense with the reading of the minutes and approved them. The Minutes were approved.
Treasurer’s Report: James Respond, Treasurer, presented the report announcing the end of year bank balance was $5026 as of December 31, 2019. Among 2019 expenditures were flyers $1,175; parades $900, and meeting room $900. (See the Treasurer’s report for details). Current membership is 83 persons vs. goal of 100 members. Please renew your membership as it expires. Large and X-Large Tee shirts are available for sale.
Outreach Updates: Dennis Terdy- A PC Forum was here on January 15th at 7:30 and a summary email was sent to PCs also. Early voting begins February 6th as well as acceptance of mail-in ballets. Please complete canvassing by March 11. Door hangers with lists of Democratic Candidates are available on the back Table. Those for some districts are in revision and will be distributed soon.
Operations Update: Cynthia Borbas, Chair DuPage Democratic Party- Our Goal is to convince people to vote all the way down the ballot. Upcoming Training on Vote Builder: February 8th at 10 am at the DuPage office and Feb 15th At Downers Grove at 10 am. Get more information at www.votedupage.com. Remember, we’re all on the same side after the Primary!
Program: Candidate Forum
Each candidate was given 2.5 minutes to answer, “If you get elected what would be your top two priorities?”
Alice Wilson: for DuPage County Judge. * A 2nd chance program for non-violent offenders and *elect other African Americans.
David Guy Stevens: for Circuit Court Judge. *Be a fair and impartial judge and *Select qualified Associate Judges
Bill White for County Auditor: *Fulfill the duties of an Auditor and *[create] an on-line portal for county donors and venders to build a strong line of relationships and communication with elected officials.
Jeff Gahris for Forest Preserve Board 4: *maintain healthy forests, prairies and trails and *provide more solar panels in Forest Preserve Buildings.
Dr. Janette DeFelice for County Board 4:*Power out of Waste (The POOP Initiative) Anaerobic Digester and *Gun Safety- a 1000 feet Gun-Free School Zone.
6.As an experienced firefighter, expand the scope of Senior citizen services and *work on the Opioid crisis.
7. Chronic Illness prevention (AIDS and environmental Justice) and *reduce gun violence.
8.Change the GOP hold on appointment of judges and * Bail Reform.
Jill Otte for Circuit Court Judge: *Set a tone of civility in the courtroom and * Expand the ability to choose qualified Circuit Court Judges.
Peggy O’Connell for Circuit Court Judge: * Open an After-hours Night Court for couples seeking divorce and * Choose better associate judges.
Candace Adams for Clerk of Circuit Court: *Modernize the Court’s communication systems and *Bring in Judges on the modernization of the Clerk’s systems and * insure the position is apolitical.
Lynn LaPlante for County Board 4: *Get Federal grant for new electronic voting machines and * work toward access to medical care and insulin for all.
13.*Work for a smooth transition of the position to the County Clerk’s office
14. * Create a strategic plan for the Auditor’s office and publish it on line and * Do PR work on what the Auditor actually does.
15.*Cut the wasteful lobbying positions paid by the County Board and *Push for better public transportation in DuPage County.
16. *Change the makeup of the Courthouse and * Cut the waste of Attorneys’ time caused by inefficiency of court systems.
17. *Reflect diversity and * Provide experience of 20 years in the IT field.
The Next Milton Democrats Party Meeting: Thursday Feb 26, 2020 at 7:30 PM at the Glen Ellyn Historical Society—on Main Street and St Charles in Glen Ellyn. Speaker Jessica Buttimer Topic: Prairie Food Coop.
Pass the hat tonight was = $152
Adjournment: Elizabeth Hooper moved to adjourn, seconded by Dennis Terdy. Meeting adjourned at 8:35 pm.
Submitted by Nancy Hopkins, Secretary