Democracy for America, which claims to be nation’s largest progressive political action community with over one million members, has endorsed one of its members, Jeff Smith, in the Democratic primary for state representative in the 18th District.

Democracy for America, which claims to be nation’s largest progressive political action community with over one million members, has endorsed one of its members, Jeff Smith, in the Democratic primary for state representative in the 18th District.

The group says Smith “will help clean up Springfield, help clean up Chicago and fight for reform at all levels of government.” The DFA has also endorsed Pat Quinn for governor and Toni Preckwinkle for Cook County board president..

The group’s chairman, Jim Dean, said, “Jeff has shown that he’s a real progressive, ready to put the rubber to the road and speak truth to power. He’s been a great voice in the Chicago area and he’ll be a great voice for the Chicago area in Springfield.”

DFA was founded by former Democratic National Committee chairman Howard Dean in 2004. Dean’s brother, Jim Dean, became chair when Howard Dean assumed chairmanship of the DNC in 2005. DFA focuses on grassroots-level campaigns for socially progressive, fiscally responsible Democrats.

The 18th District includes most of Evanston, approximately the eastern half of New Trier Township, and the northeastern corner of the 49th Ward of Chicago.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. 2 out of 3 ain’t bad
    “The group says Smith “will help clean up Springfield, help clean up Chicago and fight for reform at all levels of government.” The DFA has also endorsed Pat Quinn for governor and Toni Preckwinkle for Cook County board president..

    Quinn and Preckwinkle are good choices…especially Preckwinkle.

    But Jeff Smith?

    The same guy who was endorsed by the real-estate agents? Oops..I meant to say “Realtors”…I mean “REALTORS®” ?

    Jeff Smith opposed the Tower and opposes density in Evanston. The opposite of density is suburban sprawl – keeping the jobs away from the poor people, while the urban core rots and gets poorer.

    Nothing progressive or democratic about that.

    1. Mr. Who Knows… Your Following Wants to Know
      Mr. Who Knows,

      I’m curious, so who are you voting for among the 5 candidates? It’s easy to pick out flaws with each but who do you think is best for Evanston and why?

      Your following wants to know.

  2. Hmmm
    One reason not to VOTE for Jeff Smith. More of the same progressive ideology?

    Please, look towards the White House and the state of our country. No change, minimal hope, blatant lies and overreaching arrogance. WAKE UP Evanston!

    Jeff Smith is handicapped by his own ideology as a progressive. His only success if elected will be our loss, because it is more of the same.

  3. If I ran the zoo
    “Gerald McGrew” wrote:

    “Mr. Who Knows,
    I’m curious, so who are you voting for among the 5 candidates? It’s easy to pick out flaws with each but who do you think is best for Evanston and why?
    Your following wants to know.

    I don’t like any of them…none of the Democrats are willing to stand up to the unions.

    I want to cast a vote for Moran, in honor of his courageous vote for the Tower..unfortunately, I think that he doesn’t have a chance, and that would be a wasted vote. It reminds me of 2000, when I really didn’t want to vote for Gore (Even back then it was clear that Lieberman was a skunk), and I didn’t want Bush. I thought about Nader.

    So we have three credible candidates: Robyn, Patrick, Eamon.

    Robyn : I think that she is too friendly with the social service lobby…she wants to spend, spend, spend.

    Patrick: AFSCME

    Eamon: Teachers Union.

    Right now, I am leaning towards Kelly – just because he supported getting rid of free rides for seniors. Of course, it was just a gimmick (the money involved isn’t big enough to solve anything…and it should go to the CTA, anyway. ) Still, it is nice to hear a politician say something that will upset some people.

    I haven’t heard any serious talk about issues from any of the candidates. Instead, they just pander to the base. “pro choice”…”marriage equality”…”health care”..blah blah blah…that kind of stuff doesn’t really distinguish a candidate in the primary, if the other candidates have the exact same positions on those issues.

    I haven’t heard any talk about reforming the pension problem, about the need for more development and more towers, and about how NPV needs to be applied to the state budget.

    I wish that we could have a candidate with an Enquiring Mind…or even better, I wish that this country had a credible alternative to the Democratic Party.

    Maybe I will write in “Chuckie Dawes” or “Lizard People” .

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