Tenth Dems Founding Chair Lauren Beth Gash Honored with Democratic Party Builder Award in Springfield

Deerfield, IL — On Thursday, August 17, 2017, Hon. Lauren Beth Gash, Founding Chair of the Tenth Congressional District Democrats (Tenth Dems), was awarded the Democratic Party Builder Award by the Illinois Democratic County Chairmen’s Association. Lauren was honored at the 2017 Annual Chairs’ Brunch at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Springfield. The brunch is usually the largest gathering of Illinois Democrats each year–this year’s crowd of nearly 2,000 people set a new record.

Hon. Lauren Beth Gash addresses the record crowd while accepting the Democratic Party Builder Award from the Illinois Democratic County Chairmen’s Association.

 
While accepting this prestigious honor, Lauren thanked her family and her colleagues at Tenth Dems. A former state legislator and aide to federal and state officeholders, Lauren emphasized her belief that grassroots political organizing should not be limited to one’s time in elected office. She noted that Tenth Dems consistently does less glamorous but consequential work including organizing phone banks, deploying an election protection team of attorneys, hosting expungement and sealing seminars, and showcasing local high school student authors in an annual poetry and prose contest.

Other speakers at the brunch included fellow honoree Bill Houlihan, Senators Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth, each Democratic primary candidate for Illinois governor, and Keynote Speaker Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota. 
 
The Tenth Dems team is extremely proud of Lauren, a leader who has helped build a solid Democratic infrastructure in a once-red part of Illinois, and a person who inspires with her passion and skill.

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