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July meeting: Biss, Mendoza, Noland, Mah ... and more! TONIGHT ONLY!

From Carl Nyberg's email:

You are invited to NDFA's monthly meeting, tomorrow, Thursday, July 9. The formal meeting starts at 7 PM. Social hour starts at 6 PM.

State Comptroller: Dan Biss & Susana Mendoza

When Judy Baar Topinka died, Gov. Bruce Rauner appointed Leslie Munger to serve as Comptroller until the 2016 election. Both Sen. Daniel Biss & Chicago City Clerk Susana Mendoza seek to be the Democratic Party nominee.

June Meeting! New Speakers! come!

Ald. Sue Garza had a conflict emerge, a meeting in her community.

Rep. Rob Martwick (D-IL19) is a NDFA voting member and running for re-election. He would like to be endorsed.

Robert Murphy ran for alderman in 2015 in Ward 39 against Ald. Marge Laurino. He received 42.8% of the vote. He & Joe Laiacona held Laurino to 53.2%. Previously she had 76.4% (2011) and 79.3% (2007). She was unopposed in 2003. Laurino's husband is the committeeman.

Here's a link to the Facebook meeting page. RSVP so you can peer pressure your friends to attend.

June Meeting! Alderman Sue Garza! Thursday!

Winning big is nice in elections for alderman. The theory is that the alderman can afford to be bolder in the positions s/he takes.

But winning by a close margin... there's something rewarding. It makes every hour of door knocking or phone calls seem like it made the difference.

Remember in 2011 when Northside DFA helped Ald. John Arena win by 30 votes (which grew in to a 1,225 vote margin in 2015)?

In 2015, the progressive who won by the narrowest margin was Sue Sadlowski Garza who defeated Ald. John Pope in Ward 10 by 20 votes.

Ama Birch's Ferguson Project

Last night at our monthly meeting we heard from two great elected officials -- Carlos Ramirez-Rosa and Scott Waguespack -- and had an interesting discussion on the municipal elections.

Ama Birch also talked about her project in the group announcements section: she is off to Ferguson, MO for two weeks to interview people about life before, during, and after the killing of Michael Brown and the protests afterwards.

You can follow her experiences at her blog:

Vote! Work! Then come to the meeting and share stories!

Election day is almost upon us: I hope you’ve early voted, and signed up to do Election Day work – whether working as an election judge, poll watching, or helping to get out the vote – it’s all really important. If you can’t take off work on Election Day, make sure your friends, family, and chance acquaintances get out to vote – tell everyone to vote, whether via email, twitter, facebook, or phone – make sure they vote.

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