Woodford County Democrats
April 4 election: 313 candidates in Woodford
This is not a primary: This is the main election where all your local public officials are voted in or out. We have 22 Democrats on the ballots, including 5 that are in competition and need your support and vote:
- Mark Spencer and Michael S. Thacker in Minonk Twp.
- Jack Icenogle in Palestine Twp.
- Lori Hanson and Cathryne Kaufman in Worth Twp./Germantown Hills
ICC board and school bonds are also on the ballot. This link is a full list of candidates in Woodford County. Yellow candidate counts indicate a competitive race. If you need this in another format, contact us and let us know. We'll have recommendations on a few other ballot items in the next few days.
If you were wondering if there were Democrats and progressives in Woodford County: Now you know! We all do better, when we all do better. Click in any title below to expand it and get more information:
Voter registration still open online and in person!
If you're not registered to vote yet, or need to change your address, or don't know, now is the time to check before the Election Day craziness!
- Check your registration now, and register instantly online using your driver's license or state ID, at the state's Online Voter Application website, or register and vote from now to Monday, April 3 at the Woodford County Courthouse.
- Whether or not you have a driver's license, you can register in person at the County Clerk/Recorder, Room 202, Woodford County Courthouse, 115 N. Main St, Eureka IL, Monday–Friday 8am–5pm. Bring two documents with your name on them, at least one with your current street address: e.g. bank statement, driver's license, electric bill, or vehicle insurance. You will be registered and you vote immediately.
- If you're already registered with your current address, you can already vote early in Room 104 of the Courthouse (even on Saturday morning April 1): See the grade period voting schedule for a list of dates and times.
Call the clerk at 467-2822 if you have any questions or want to check on your registration or polling place.
Be a paid Election Judge
Election judges sit at the polls, get paid $100-$160 per election day, and get to meet all the voters at the precinct. There are usually only 1 or 2 election days per year, and election judges serve from 5am to around 8pm. Woodford County needs more judges! Want to know more? Contact us for election judge info.
Are you sure you're a Republican?
- Does it bug you that adult minimum wage today ($8.25/hour) is less than teenage kids made in the 1950s ($11/hour in 2016 dollars)?
- Does it bug you that American society has been rearranged to be "too busy" to provide for the mission you were raised to believe in, to feed the starving, cure the sick, and teach the masses?
- Does it bug you that some politicians are so twisted inside that they say they "condemn" a candidate they know is bad for America, but still "endorse" him at the same time?
- Does it bug you when you hear someone say America's better off when fewer people get to vote?
Most of America's traditional values — such as a family-supporting wage for 40 hours/week of work; the moral examples of curing the sick and feeding the needy; the drive to make every child into a responsible, learned, contributing adult even if the parents weren't; the basic principle that no innocent American citizen should be denied their vote — are all Democratic principles. If this sounds more like you, get it touch with us and we'd love to talk to you, or just come to our meetings (below) and see for yourself.
About the Woodford Democrats
The Woodford County Democratic Central Committee (WCDCC) encourages local involvement in political activities, based on Democratic principles. You do not have to join any political organization to come to most Woodford Democrat meetings or activities. We provide election oversight by recruiting precinct committeepersons and election judges. We endeavor to assist and recruit candidates and volunteers who will put the average citizen's concerns above special interests that enrich the few at the expense of the many. Our guiding principle is: We all do better, when we all do better.
Next meetings & events
(meet Democrats, talk politics, do business — and sometimes eat)
- Tuesday, March 28, 2017, 6pm: Germantown Community Building, 512 Ten Mile Creek Rd., Germantown Hills (behind Heartland Bank, across from Michael's Italian Feast on the same side of IL 116). You're invited — no Democratic "membership" required! A special meeting about coordination with the recently-formed organizing groups and social media. If you want to be part of our rally liaisons, organizers, or social media liaisons, this is the meeting for you!
- Tuesday, April 4, 2017, 6am-7pm: Consolidated Election Day! This is not a primary: It's the main election for your city council/village board (including some mayors), township offices, school boards, and some other district boards. Democrats are running in several township races this year!
- Tuesday, May 23, 2017, 6:30pm free light meal, 7pm meeting: Location to be announced. You're invited — no Democratic "membership" required!
Calendar: lots more Democratic & civic events
Below, blue indicates Democratic and progressive events, and orange indicates other civic events.
For people who like to include calendars on their devices: here's the iCal (.ics) feed for Democratic events and iCal (.ics) feed for civic events.
Help get it done
Woodford County Democrats are locally operated and locally controlled, growing our own base, and sending candidates to local and county offices, in addition to supporting locals in the state legislature and Congress. We get very little support from the state and national party, and we make our own decisions: So donations to Woodford County Democrats help Woodford County. You can donate instantly to us online by clicking here, or contact us to arrange for cash or check donations.
Get the announcements
E-mail us to ask about our announcement or volunteer lists, or other opportunities. We're always looking for precinct committeepersons (who get to know their neighbors), election judges, and people who want to run for township, county, and state offices, and well as the normal volunteers who help us get the word out.
Links to political resources
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