No matter where you are on the political spectrum, odds are good that you are acutely aware of the precarious place our country is in. 

Prominent Republicans have formed the Lincoln Project to prevent Trump’s re-election.  Flaming liberal lawyers, like me are spending too much time in a state of near apoplexy watching our beloved Democratic Experiment unravel along with our democratic norms.  Even the New York Times noted that the circumstances created by Trump made it necessary for the editorial board to frame Democrats’ choice and, in an unprecedented act, they endorsed two people, Amy Klobuchar and Elizabeth Warren.

As one of the most progressive, active, and effective democratic organizations in the state and country, the results of the Democratic Party of Evanston are widely noted.  We need YOU. We need to know the direction you want the country to go.  On February 9th, at 4pm, at the Unitarian Church, 1330 Ridge Ave., the Democratic Party of Evanston will host our Endorsement Event. 

If you are on the fence about who you think should face and hopefully defeat Trump in November, you really must come to hear prominent surrogates speak about their candidates. This is also the perfect opportunity to learn more about every race on the ballot. And, if you want to meet the candidates many will be in attendance.

In order to vote, you must be a card-carrying member so please get your membership now  to avoid waiting in line on the day of the event.  Our mighty crew will be there assisting in every possible way but every cycle there is a line. So avoid the lines….it’s like Endorsement PreCheck!  A very good idea. 

In his editorial on December 29, 2019 David Leonhardt, Opinion Columnist from the New York Times called the presidential nominating process absurd.  He spelled out what most of us suspect:  there might be a better way to select our presidents.   It certainly did not work optimally for the 2016 election.  One of the remedies Leonhardt suggested was adopting rank choice voting.  It allows voters to list their second and third choices; many places have adopted this system for their elections.  To help explain rank choice voting we will have a demonstration of it as part of the Endorsement Event.  If you cannot attend I encourage you to watch this video

If any of this intrigues you, I suggest you come and learn more and weigh in. We need to hear from you. If you have made your choice, please get involved, we have phone banks and canvassing going regularly.

Most importantly, please vote in November.

Michelle Jordan, President, Democratic Party of Evanston