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: https://fergusonwritingproject.wordpress.com/
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.
We’re coming down to the wire now – and it’s time to get out to work for our candidates. Whether you work for Chuy for Mayor, John Arena in the 45th Ward, Tara Stamps in the 37th Ward (and boy, incumbent Emma Mitts stuck her foot in it recently …), Chris Taliaferro in the 29th Ward, Omar Aquino in the 36th Ward, or Amy Crawford in the 46th Ward – it all helps change the progressive nature of our city government.
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Quick update on our candidates for this cycle of the municipal elections:
Tim Meegan (33rd) has suspended his campaign. The legal challenge going forward was too broad, and too expensive, to pursue in a timely manner that kept him on the ballot for April 7. Deb Mell was over the required 50% by 17 votes in the official vote tally.
At the last meeting, we endorsed Chris Taliaferro (29th Ward), Omar Aquino (36th Ward), and Amy Crawford (46th Ward). There were members present who wanted to work on those races.
Well, some election, eh?
Of our candidates, Chuy Garcia and John Arena are in the run-offs. For Tara Stamps: it’s a run-off. Tim Meegan in the 33rd Ward, Anne Shaw and Ronda Locke in the 1st Ward, and Byron Sigcho in the 25th Ward are all suing the Board of Elections: the races are close, and there were documented voting irregularities … so it’s an exciting race to April 7.
And there are 17 aldermanic run-offs total: the most in city history (that anyone remembers, at least: if you know of an election where there were more … I’d love to know).