“The elections in Virginia and New Jersey were not a Democratic wave…. They were a tsunami!”
Tom Perez- National DNC Chair
Our National Chairman sounded the battle cry signaling the resurgence of our Democratic Party!
A trend that started in Illinois last spring with the victories in our municipal elections continued into this fall and there are now strong indications that this resurgence will continue well through the next election cycle.
Victories in Virginia and New Jersey are now sending a clear message to Republicans that there is no office that they hold that is safe from being taken back by Democrats who are now going on offense!
This could be the beginning of an amazing rise of Progressive Democratic leadership in our country.
Here in Illinois I have been calling for quality candidates for every office on the ballot. Still many Democrats are demoralized from the devastating 2016 downstate losses of many local county board, countywide, judicial and state legislative races. While many great individuals have stepped forward to run, there are still too many races where we do not have candidates. Remember we cannot replace an incumbent Republican with nothing. We need good candidates.
There is no reason that we should not find candidates for every office, especially offices that we have previously held. There is a new energy and a new vitality in our party! We have our swagger back!
Democrats that have been considering local office should feel emboldened and step forward. In Illinois, the Democratic Party is stronger than ever. We have more Precinct Committeepersons trained and ready to help get out the vote. The electorate is hungry for what we have to say and our vision to fighting for the Middle Class.
While filing will quickly be upon us there is still time to circulate for precinct committee persons, county board and countywide offices. Many of these positions only require a handful of good signatures. We need to get busy and do all that we can because these local offices are the backbone of our Democratic Party and the farm team for tomorrows higher offices that we will need candidates for.
I am confident that 2018 will be a good year for Democrats in Illinois. Make no mistake though, we will be in for a battle. This should not stop us and any open seat that we do not have a Democratic candidate running for will be a missed opportunity. Let’s get going!