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Emerging Trend: Local Illinois Dems Unseat Long Entrenched GOP Incumbents and Candidates

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In local Illinois elections Dems picked up seats in places they’ve never won before. Kankakee elected its first African-American, Democratic mayor.  Elgin Township voted for “a complete changeover,” flipping to an all-Dem board. Normal Township elected Democratic supervisors and trustees to run its board ― the 1st time in more than 100 years that a single Dem has held a seat.  Dan Kovats, executive director of the Illinois Democratic County Chairmen’s Ass'n: “We won in areas we normally would win, but we also won in areas Republicans never expected us to be competitive in. They were caught flat-footed.” These may seem like relatively small victories... but they fit with a broader pattern that should have Republicans on edge ahead of the 2018 elections: Progressive grassroots activism, exploding with energy since Trump’s win in Nov., is fueling Democratic gains in GOP strongholds.

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Meryl Ann Butler is an artist, author, educator and OpedNews Managing Editor who has been actively engaged in utilizing the arts as stepping-stones toward joy-filled wellbeing since she was a hippie. She began writing for OpEdNews in Feb, 2004. She became a Senior Editor in August 2012 and Managing Editor in January, (more...)
 

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