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Tenth Dems Congratulates Latest Democrats To Flip Offices From Red To Blue

Democratic Candidates Defeat Republicans in Illinois State House, Lake County Sheriff, and Lake County Board Races

Deerfield, IL — The Tenth Congressional District Democrats (Tenth Dems) congratulates four more Democrats in Lake County who won races for offices currently held by Republicans. After Election Day, all four were either trailing or slightly ahead in their respective races. Once all the votes, including vote-by-mail and provisional ballots, were counted on Tuesday at the Lake County Clerk’s Office, the Democratic candidates prevailed over their Republican opponents.

Democrat Mary Edly-Allen defeated incumbent Republican State Representative Helene Miller Walsh (51st District). Though only one vote separated the two on Election Night, Edly-Allen won by over 200 votes after all the votes were counted.

In the Lake County Sheriff’s race, Democrat John Idleburg defeated incumbent Republican Lake County Sheriff Mark Curran.

Democrats won more seats on the Lake County Board. Jessica Vealitzek (County Board District 10) and Jennifer Clark (County Board District 15) defeated Republican incumbents. Clark beat the acting chair of the Lake County Board.

“Democrats did very well in 2016 and in the municipal elections in 2017, so this year’s success continues that trend. These victories show that Democrats in the 10th District are energized, organized, and winning over voters while local Republicans prove themselves to be out of the mainstream and out of touch. There’s a clear contrast and voters are clearly siding with Democrats,” said Tenth Dems’ Founding Chair Lauren Beth Gash.

These Democratic wins cap a historic election year for Democrats in the 10th District and neighboring areas in the Chicago suburbs. Here are some highlights:

  • Democrats Edly-Allen and Joyce Mason (61st District) defeated incumbent Republican State Representatives.
  • In a clean sweep, Democrats (Idleburg, Holly Kim (Treasurer), and Robin O’Connor (Clerk)) won all three countywide offices in Lake County on the ballot over Republican incumbents.
  • Democrats flipped five Lake County Board seats held by Republicans, and now control the Lake County Board for the first time in history.
  • In suburban Cook County, Democrats flipped a Republican-held State Senate seat (Ann Gillespie, 27th District), State House seat (Mark Walker, 53rd District), County Board seat (Scott Britton, 14th District), and judgeship (Joel Chupack, 12th Subcircuit).
  • Lauren Underwood and Sean Casten defeated incumbent Republican Congressmen Randy Hultgren and Peter Roskam, respectively, in neighboring Chicagoland districts.

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Lawyers needed on Election Day–Protect voting rights

Election Day is almost here, and we are organizing our Election Day legal plans. There is so much at stake on November 6th, and voter protection is important right here in our area. We know that every person who is entitled to vote should be allowed to vote, and should be free from intimidation.

As you know, we can’t take anything for granted, even when the polls make our supporters think it’s a sure thing. Republicans are more energized than earlier this year. Right-wing operatives and billionaires are dumping resources into our area because they’re desperate to hold on to power and because they sense that Democrats won’t be organized this time around. But our values—Democratic and democratic—are on the line, whether it’s the race for governor or county board. People are fed up and on our side. They’re counting on us to help navigate what could be a hectic voting process. And our Election Protection Team will have attorneys on call to help Sean Casten and Lauren Underwood, two Democratic candidates for Congress in races Democrats can win and flip Republican seats from red to blue.

We are writing to ask you to to volunteer to join our Election Day Legal Team. Many of you have either done this important work before, or expressed interest in helping out this time. We need to do everything we can to ensure that Election Day goes smoothly and all voters have their rights protected.

>>Join our Tenth Dems Election Protection Team now.<<

If you’ve done this before, you know how important this project is. If not, know that you will not be left untrained and will not be alone. We’ve scheduled two training sessions—one this Saturday morning, October 27, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon, in Libertyville, and another on Thursday evening, November 1, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., in Highland Park. You can attend either one, and yes, there will be food! The training is also open to candidates and campaign staff/top volunteers, so they also know what to look out for at voting sites. And 1.5 hours FREE CLE for lawyers!

Our Election Day voter protection program provides plenty of support for our volunteers in the field, so you don’t have to be an election law expert to volunteer. We have a great instruction/troubleshooting manual, and there will be experienced lawyers available by phone and in various locations around the district. You can always call us with questions. We’ll have a hotline for Election Protection Team members to call on Election Day.

Please respond now at the link below. And, feel free to recruit and/or forward this to other Democratic lawyers, law students and paralegals.

There are several ways you can volunteer. Times are approximate, sometimes flexible, and you can sign up here:

  • We need volunteers to be our eyes and ears early when the polls open on Election Day. You will observe the opening of a polling place at 6:00 a.m. and then visit other polling places to ensure that things are running smoothly and take action if they are not. Your time commitment would be from approximately 5:45 a.m. until 9:00 or 9:30 a.m.
  • We need volunteers to monitor polls near closing time. You will need to arrive at the assigned polling place at around 5:30 p.m. and remain until it closes. You will ensure that everyone in line by 7:00 p.m. has an opportunity to vote and then monitor the closing process and call in the voting tally. Your time commitment would be from approximately 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m.
  • We also need volunteers who can monitor for blocks of several hours throughout the day (especially during the lunch and after-school time periods). You can cover assigned polling places, or you can be part of our rapid response team to be dispatched to sites where legal issues have been reported. The hours around lunchtime and school dismissal are most helpful here.
  • We also need volunteers who can help monitor some early voting locations before Election Day.

If you speak a foreign language—especially Spanish—let us know so that we can try to assign you to areas where non-English-speaking voters may need assistance. Spanish-speaking phone responders also are needed.

Let us know if you are available to help in any of these ways. You can sign up here:

Thank you for your support and your help in keeping Election Day running smoothly for all our voters and candidates.

Lauren Beth Gash
and the
Tenth Dems Election Protection Team
(847) 266-VOTE (8683)

P.S. Can’t volunteer for this or not an attorney/law student, but want to help Democrats win in 2018? Email for information about volunteer opportunities (leaders needed).

Our Annual Awards Dinner on October 31

Join us for the 2018 Tenth Dems Annual Awards Dinner with Keynote Speaker Tina Tchen on Wednesday, October 31.

Click here to RSVP for our Annual Awards Dinner in Deerfield.

When: Wednesday, October 31, 2018, 6:30 to 8:30 PM
Where: Embassy Suites, 1445 Lake Cook Rd., Deerfield, IL 60015
What: Annual Awards Dinner with Keynote Speaker Tina Tchen.

Attorney Tina Tchen served eight years in the Obama White House, including as Assistant to President Obama, Executive Director of the White House Council on Women and Girls, and Chief of Staff to First Lady Michelle Obama.

After the launch of the #MeToo movement, Tina co-founded the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund. Over the course of her illustrious legal career, Tina has guided companies on issues involving gender inequity, harassment, diversity, and inclusion.

For more information or to RSVP go to 847-266-VOTE (8683), or email events@tenthdems.orgContributions welcome even if you can’t attend. If attending, please email the names of guests (including yourself) to

Hope to see you there!

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