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Watch with us—Debate Parties on Wednesday and Thursday

This is an exciting time—we need to elect a Democrat to the White House in 2020, and the campaign to choose our Democratic nominee is picking up. The first two presidential primary debates (10 candidates each night) are taking place on Wednesday, June 26, and Thursday, June 27. Whether you already have a candidate you’re ready to vote for in the primary or you’re completely undecided right now, join Tenth Dems and watch the debates with fellow Democrats. There are two nights—join us for one or both! Admission is free! Open to all Democrats. RSVP now! Here are more details:

Wednesday, June 26
Doors open at 7:30 PM; debate from 8-10 PM
Warehouse Eatery
833 Deerfield Rd., Deerfield, IL 60015
Click here to RSVP to watch the first night of the debate with Tenth Dems!

Thursday, June 27
Doors open at 7:30 PM; debate from 8-10 PM
Bannockburn home of Hon. Kerry and Vicki Martin. Address available upon RSVP
Click here to RSVP to watch the second night of the debate with Tenth Dems!

We hope you to see you at the watch parties. And if you can help setting up, signing people in, or putting things away on the 26th or 27th, please


Our 2020 Presidential endorsement

Do you want to defeat Donald Trump in 2020? If you’re like most Democrats, even if you have a preferred candidate in the primary, you really, really want to get rid of Trump. And you’ll be supporting the Democratic nominee.

What better way to let people know how you feel about 2020–while helping support grassroots Democrats–than by wearing our “Democrat for President” button!

You can click here to purchase online. They’re 1 button for $3…2 for $5…or 5 for $10.

Free pickup available. (Please add $5 in the “Additional contribution” box if you’d like your order shipped.) If you’d like to arrange for pickup, please email us at

Visit the Tenth Dems Online Store at, and buy one or buy several buttons.

And if you’re looking for a fun way to get more involved with energizing area Democrats, you can help sell these buttons. We can provide packets of 20 or so buttons for you to sell at local political events, meetings, etc. When you bring back the proceeds you’re really helping to fund grassroots Democratic organizing – and that’s how we’re going to win in 2020. Email or call 847-266-VOTE (8683) if you’re interested.

Tenth Dems 2019 Annual Membership Drive

We are in the process of holding our 2019 Annual Membership Drive. Have you joined or renewed your membership yet?

The effects of 2016 are still being felt. Whether offensive rhetoric or backwards policy, it seems there’s something appalling in the news every day.

But rather than despair, Tenth Dems has organized. Not only did we help the 10th District buck the national trend in 2016, we continued the momentum in 2017 with historic victories at the local level.

And our grassroots group worked hard to help build the Blue Wave of 2018.

As a volunteer group, we rely on support from our members. Renew your Tenth Dems membership for 2019 or join today to help us reach voters and elect more Democrats in 2020.

A grassroots organization like Tenth Dems depends on members like you to support our work. Your participation helps elect Democrats to all levels of government within our area.

To win on Election Day, we put in a lot of work before any votes are counted. We engage voters and activists, whether they have gone to the polls for decades or the endless disturbing news since 2016 has pushed them into politics for the first time. An active Democratic constituency is the only way to prevent more Republican damage to our progressive values.

There’s been so much energy and we’ve turned it into action. Our volunteers sold buttons and made signs for friends attending the Women’s March and the March For Our Lives events in Chicago and the suburbs. We’ve even organized bus trips to Washington.

And we connect numerous volunteers to critical local campaigns.

Our bright, talented interns staff numerous events, help manage our offices throughout the 10th District, and assist with research.

Whether through social media, our events list, or email, our Communications Team gets the word out to the growing number of people more eager than ever to elect Democrats.

We organize Let’s Talk Politics conversations to hear from folks all over. At the same time, Tenth Dems University hosts elected officials, political analysts, and legal scholars to lead free discussions about interesting and timely topics, such as “Trump and the Constitution.”

Sign up or renew your Tenth Dems membership now to elect more Democrats next November.

And the hard work of Tenth Dems isn’t just about ideas—it’s also about the nuts and bolts grind of getting people to the polls. Our Tenth Dems University also arranges training for Deputy Voter Registrars who then can register voters in Illinois. Tenth Dems plans voter registration drives throughout the year.

On Election Day, we send lawyers from our Tenth Dems Election Protection Team to the polls to make sure that everyone who is entitled to vote is allowed to vote.

As we’ve all come to learn, elections have consequences. Now, more than ever, we have to channel concern into concrete action. We need to win next fall, not for the sake of winning but because so much of what we value is at stake.

Recent speakers at our events include MSNBC’s Jill Wine-Banks, former Watergate prosecutor, and Chair of Let America Vote, Jason Kander, a candidate for U.S. Senate from Missouri. Our members have been able to attend several rallies for 2020 presidential candidates, too. We know our mission is twofold: remain optimistic about a more progressive future, but don’t forget that there are people working to prevent that vision from becoming a reality.

Fortunately, Tenth Dems is up to the challenge. Whether at our annual poetry awards night in Waukegan with high school students or our evening of social justice songs in Gurnee, we know that the passion to bring about positive change is deeper than any news report could suggest.

We’re fired up too—and we’re working every day, in every corner of the 10th District, to make sure we move forward.

We’ve been right there with you and we will continue to be in 2019/2020.

Be a part of our movement! Join or renew your 2019 membership now!

Whether it’s $35 or $5,000, your donation makes an impact.

Every dollar you donate will make a big difference—whether it’s keeping the lights on in our all-volunteer offices, putting on events to empower voters, or designing and mailing campaign literature.

To contribute, visit, or mail a check (made out to Tenth Dems) to P.O. Box 523, Deerfield, IL 60015, or call (847) 266-VOTE (8683).

Thank you. Together, we can stand up for progressive values and ride the grassroots movement to victory!

Not just talk

May 2019

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Keynotes 18th Annual Congresswoman Schakowsky Power Lunch; Tenth Dems Founding Chair Lauren Beth Gash Co-chairs with Tina Tchen

Tenth Dems and Newport Dems Host “Let’s Talk Politics” in Gurnee

Lake County Board Passes Measure to Combat Climate Change

Our 2020 Presidential Endorsement

State Rep. Joyce Mason Passes Her First Bill—Protection for Seniors—Out of the House

Congressman Brad Schneider Calls on the IRS to Investigate the NRA

Lake County Sheriff and Lake County Board Members Speak with Constituents in Mundelein

Duckworth Introduces Bill to Help Working Parents

Local High School Students Recognized at 9th Annual Tenth Dems Poetry and Prose Contest Awards Night In Waukegan

Senator Durbin’s Bills Aim to Protect Local Police Officers



Aretha Franklin isn’t the only one who wanted it; this year more than 100 high school students submitted poetry and prose inspired by the theme “Respect” to the 9th Annual Tenth Dems Poetry and Prose Contest. Read the 12 winning works and see photos from Awards Night, at which more than a dozen students read their compositions to an audience awed by their creativity, passion, and authenticity.