The Progressives of Kane County endorses the following candidates in the 2018 Democratic Primary!
Daniel Biss – Governor
First as a mathematics professor, and now as a legislator, Daniel Biss has always tackled the hardest problems.
While teaching, Daniel’s desire to confront our state’s most critical problems compelled him to get more involved in his local community — first as an organizer, and later as a candidate.
Daniel has taken on the machine throughout his career, and knows how to win. His focus is on long-term, creative solutions for Illinois middle-class families, and fighting for those whose voices are typically ignored.
Daniel currently represents the 9th District in the Illinois State Senate and previously served one term in the Illinois House representing the 17th District. He’s spent his time as a legislator expanding access, equity and care for all Illinoisians, fighting for financial security for families, and protecting our environment. Daniel has taken the initiative to raise and make progress on issues significant to the future of Illinois that would have otherwise gone unaddressed, like helping giving retirement security to millions of Illinois workers and addressing the fast evolving problem of technology and privacy. He combines the discipline and pragmatism of a math professor with the tenacity of an organizer in everything he does.
Daniel grew up in Bloomington, Indiana, and moved to Chicago after completing his Bachelor’s degree at Harvard University and his Ph.D. in mathematics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. At the age of 25, he joined the University of Chicago’s mathematics faculty.
His wife, Karin, is a former Peace Corps volunteer who recently completed her doctorate in history at Northwestern University. They live in Evanston with their two children, Elliot and Theodore.
Aaron Goldstein- Attorney General
Aaron Goldstein is a supervising attorney in the Cook County Public Defender’s office. He has dedicated his career to fighting for those who don’t have a voice. Aaron promises to stand up for all Illinois residents, including undocumented immigrants, and stand up to big money, big corporations, and President Trump. He will be a strong advocate for the environment and address the scourge of gun violence in our state. Aaron pledges to reform the criminal justice system to eliminate discrimination and abuse and put an end to mass incarceration. Aaron defeated a machine candidate to become Chicago’s 33rd Ward Democratic Committeeman, and he has vowed to fight political corruption and cronyism. He wants to bring the Attorney General’s office back to the people it was created to represent.
His website is www.ag4ag.org
His facebook is https://www.facebook.com/AaronGoldsteinForAttorneyGeneral/
His fundraising link is https://act.myngp.com/Forms/3903011257981995776
Jim Walz – Congress, 14th Congressional District
Jim Walz has been a staunch advocate for working families in Illinois for over a decade and continues to be a champion of these policies as a candidate for Illinois 14 Congressional District. As a testament to that commitment, Jim Walz demonstrates a commitment to being a Representative for the people of Illinois through his actions in community outreach, education initiatives, and actively canvassing throughout the district, reaching out to people and groups across party lines and ideology to build a consensus for programs that will have a positive effect on all of us. He is listening to the people of the IL14 and helping to forward economic equality by advocating for an end to the corrupting influence of money in our electoral process, wage parity, equal rights, access to healthcare as a right, upholding the rights of our veterans, seniors and our disabled, as well as helping protect Social Security and Medicare as a promise to all of our citizens.
His website is https://www.jimwalzforcongress.com/
His facebook is https://www.facebook.com/jimwalzforcongress/
Paul Stoddard – State Rep 70th District
Paul Stoddard, Democratic Candidate for Illinois State Representative, 70th District
Paul Stoddard was born in Houston, Texas in 1956, and grew up mostly in the New York City area. He received his Bachelor’s degree from Brown, his Master’s from Texas A & M, and his Ph.D. from Northwestern, all in geology-related fields. His entire teaching career was spent at NIU, from which he has just retired. While at NIU, Stoddard served as President of the Faculty Senate, and as Secretary of the United Faculty Alliance – NIU’s fledgling faculty union. Paul has served on the DeKalb County Board for the past 10 years, and is currently the Chair of the DeKalb County Democratic Party. In addition, was on the DeKalb County Board of Health (President for two years), and is presently on the DeKalb County Stormwater Management Committee and the DeKalb County Community Foundation’s Watershed Steering Committee. Paul has also been an active member of his local Kiwanis club for the past 15 years.
Stoddard’s campaign is focused on two themes: returning government to its citizens, and re-investing in Illinois. First, Stoddard is concerned our system of government has been corrupted by big money, powerful influences, and is no longer responsive to the voters. He has several proposals – ending gerrymandering, local funding of campaigns, proportional committee control that would help return control to the people of Illinois. Second, Stoddard believes we need to reinvest in our infrastructure – real (roads, bridges, power lines, etc.); virtual (broadband); and human, especially education – to make Illinois a desirable location for both citizens and corporations.
Myrna Molina – County Board District 1
As a political science student at Aurora University, Myrna wanted to do more than just read about politics; she wanted to help her community. As one of her favorite professors would remind her, “Democracy is not a spectator sport.” Myrna quickly became involved in Aurora’s Democratic Party — first as an appointed precinct committeeman, later as an elected one.
In 2006, a vacancy on the county board gave Myrna her first opportunity to represent her community. She was appointed to the 1st District seat marking the first time a Latina served on the Kane County board.
In 2010, Myrna won her first election to the Kane County board where she has dutifully served and represented Aurora’s most historic areas; including downtown, a portion of the west side and mostly east side district. On behalf of the people in her community, she continues to represent democratic principles with integrity while standing up to a Republican-controlled county board.
Myrna has spent her time as commissioner as a fighter. She has fought against the effort to reduce the community’s representation on the county board, Governor Rauner’s “Turnaround Agenda”, and the chairman’s patronage hiring. Myrna is widely recognized as a spirited voice for her community on the county board.
Myrna is the proud daughter of Mexican immigrants. She spent her childhood in Chicago’s Little Village before planting her roots in Aurora. Myrna is a 25 year resident of Aurora’s east side where she currently resides.
Janice Bennett – County Board District 17
I was raised in a union household; Grandfather, Dad, and Mom were all union members. I moved to Kane County in 1970 and raised a family in Carpentersville. I have two children Michael Engel of Portland, Texas and Victoria (Engel) Trump (no relation to 45) of Myerstown, PA. My husband is a retired member of SEIU, retiring from City of Elgin Public works. I am retired from the Insurance industry.
I am co-founder of Raising Kane Production, uploading videos on our YouTube Channel, Video New Services (VNS). We have produced videos for Candidates, Theater productions and Progressive Rallies.
I am a long time Democrat. I am Precinct 44 Committeemen and the Elgin Township Democrat Treasurer since 2006. After the 2016 election I felt I needed to do more then to walk my precinct. I volunteered to work on the Elgin Township Campaigns. I ran walk list and called for volunteers. Five hard working candidates flipped from the Township to Democrat majority from Republican who held the township office since the Civil War. I am a first time candidate running for County Board District 17 but have helped several campaigns.
Alison Squires – State Central Committeewoman 14th Congressional District
Alison Squires teaches an afterschool robotics engineering course for grade school children. She is also a Sugar Grove Township Trustee and sits on a local mental health board. Alison was the elected Bernie Sanders delegate for Illinois’ 14th Congressional district.
Alison has been volunteering in local elections since she was a young child and has been volunteering for Democratic candidates since 2008. She is the chair of the Progressives of Kane County. As the chair, Alison is responsible for running monthly meetings, finding speakers, expanding membership, seeking progressive people to run for precinct committeepersons, and seek progressive people to run for public office.
Alison is running for Illinois State Central Committee because she feels the Democratic Party needs to be more welcoming to progressive candidates. Alison believes the Democratic Party needs to represent voters, not special interests.
Illinois State Central Committee selects the state’s Democratic Party chair, vice chairs, the DNC members that represent our state, and writes our state’s platform. Alison would ensure our state’s platform would include progressive issues such as Medicare for all, $15 state minimum wage, affordable college, and much more. Alison would ensure that our state has progressive representation.
Jesse Medina Jr. – State Central Committeeman 6th Congressional District
As an elected union steward and member of several union-wide committees in Service Employees International Union Local 73, he is very active in the labor movement. Jesse was an elected Bernie Sanders Delegate who played a pivotal role in Latino outreach for the campaign. He is vice president of the Aurora chapter of the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement, (LCLAA), a national labor union constituency group. Not content to engage only in local efforts, Jesse has felt it his duty to go even further and lobby in Washington DC for environmental and immigration rights on multiple occasions, and he has no plan on slowing down. In addition to his extensive experience training union members how to get their co-workers more active in their union, he has recruited volunteers to staff door to door canvasses, phone-banks, and to increase voter turnout on election day. Jesse Medina, Jr is a grassroots activist, a true progressive who supports the people’s platform, and who will stand up for everyday people like you and me. He is a proud husband and father of an eight-year-old son, who he thinks might just be the next great soccer star.
His facebook is https://www.facebook.com/JesseMedinaJr/
Maggie Wunderly – State Central Committeewoman 11th Congressional District
Maggie Wunderly was one of only three people from Illinois selected to represent Bernie Sanders on the rules committee at the 2016 Democratic National Convention.
She authored and presented several proposals to improve the Democratic primary process. These included proposals to eliminate superdelegates, ban corporate lobbyists from serving as superdelegates, to open primaries to independent voters, and to require party registration deadlines to be as close to election day as possible. The end result of this meeting was that the DNC agreed to create the Unity Reform Commission, which was tasked with issuing recommendations on party and primary reforms. They reported their final recommendations in December 2017, which included binding approximately 60% of superdelegates to vote in accordance with their states, making caucuses more accessible, and pushing for same day registration. Since the remaining superdelegates would be almost all current elected officials, this essentially eliminates lobbyists from being able to cast an unpledged superdelegate vote. They also recommended several reforms to make the state and national parties more transparent and welcoming. The Unity Reform Commission recommendations will be voted on by the entire DNC membership in 2018.
Maggie is a Democratic precinct committeeman and has volunteered for national, state, and local candidates. She is also on the board of Progressives of Kane County. Her main focus in this role is recruiting and training other precinct committeemen, getting progressives more involved in the Democratic Party, and being a resource for those interested in running for office. The State Central Committee is a board that votes on state party officers, DNC members, endorsements, bylaws, platform, and other Illinois Democratic Party matters. Each committee member also serves as a liaison between the state party and their congressional district.
Maggie is running for this position because she believes that the Illinois Democratic Party needs progressive grassroots representation. She wants to open up participation in the party and keep her district informed about what is happening at state level. Maggie feels strongly that the party should always strive to represent the voters, not special interests. She has pledged to stand up for the voters in her district and insist on open democratic deliberation when making important party decisions. She will put her political organizing experience to good use helping local candidates in her district.
Make a donation: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/maggie-wunderly
State Central Committeeman – 14th Congressional District
Peter Janko is one of the many first timers that took up Sen. Bernie Sanders’ call to run for office. A lifetime activist, Peter began working toward a better planet as far back as the 1970s. While still in his teens, he became involved in the civil rights movement, the Vietnam War protests, and the ecology movement (as it was known as back then). Peter is founder of Medicare for All Northern Illinois, an Our Revolution local chapter.
A war refugee, Peter was brought to the United States at the age of 4 on a converted troop ship. He grew up, went to school, and began his first career in marketing research in Chicago. After a few years, he went back to school to become a design engineer.
Peter is a small business owner and sits on the Board of Directors of a national non-profit organization founded to provide education, networking and outreach for the traditional building trades. Peter is currently campaign advisor and also a foot soldier in the campaigns of several progressive state and congressional level candidates.
Peter believes that many of the problems facing Illinois can be eased or eliminated by the combination of a progressive income tax and a public bank. In addition to performing the regular duties of a State Central Committeeman, Peter will use the access, afforded him by the position, to lobby for legislation that benefits the people of Illinois and fight the influence of special interests.