Sunday, February 26, 2012

IVI-IPO makes endorsements in local races

UPDATE 9:06 PM IVI-IPO has a questionnaire Richard Wooten in the race for Democratic Committeeman. Sorry I jumped the gun on an endorsement, but it was important to see Wooten's responses!

IVO-IPO has endorsed Elgie Sims for 34th District State representative, but have chosen NOT to make an endorsement for 6th ward Democratic committeeman. Kari Steele was also one of 3 endorsed for Water Reclamation District. The link for their endorsements is here.

Here is a link to all responses that they received., so you can see what our local candidates said (IF they responded)

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    The Chicago Tribune has endorsed Candidate Fred Smith For Congress in the 1st District over longtime legendary Congressman Bobby Rush

    Chicago Tribune Endorsement 1st District

    U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush has had a long, comfortable ride in Congress. Since taking office in 1993, he has been routinely re-elected with 80 percent of the vote or more. (He's still the only person who has ever beaten
    Barack Obamain a political race.) We have long admired his commitment to anti-violence efforts and have endorsed him many times.

    But Rush was recently dinged by for having the fourth worst missed-vote record in Congress - 13.2 percent. Suburban mayors grumble that he's less responsive to their constituents' needs than to those of city residents, and the redrawn 1stDistrict, reaching into rural Will County, is home to many more suburban voters. The best among Rush's five challengers in the Democratic primary is Fred Smith, 42, of Evergreen Park, a program director at Maryville Academy.

    Smith, who ran in 2010, grew up in the Robert Taylor Homes, served as an Army paratrooper in Operation Desert Storm and came home to work with substance abusers. Among his goals: creating a re-entry program for high school dropouts, increasing access to college and vocational programs and making college loan payments more manageable. He's concerned about preserving safety net programs but open to means testing and adjusting benefit formulas. As a South Sider who roots for the Cubs, he should have no trouble working across party lines in Washington. Smith is endorsed. Also on the ballot are Ray Lodato, Harold Bailey, Clifford Russell Jr. and Jordan Sims.

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