Here are some candidates to give serious consideration on Tuesday, February 5th.
Barack Obama, of course.
Mark Pera has run a highly-charged campaign against incumbent Dan Lipinski. The Reading on Walden Political Discussion Group met Mark Pera late last summer, and he impressed many of the group members. I know that Lipinski is taking this seriously keeping close tabs on the “Ward Organizations;” however, the “Ward Organizations” do not have the same influence on the electorate that they had even several years ago. And Pera is raising money, lots and lots of it, on the internet. If you wish to donate to Mark Pera, click on this. He has raised $185, 592 from 3,517 individual donors. The goal is 5,000 individual donors. As I love to quote former Illinois Senator Everett Dirksen, “A million here, a million there, pretty soon it adds up to real money.” Many members of the Reading on Walden Political Discussion Group are out there pounding the pavement for Pera. A Lipinski defeat would restore faith in the electoral process. It could happen. Good luck Mark, or should I say Congressman Pera.
Another candidate that met early on with the Reading on Walden Political Discussion Group is Matthew Podgorski, running for Cook County Commissioner of the MWRD (Metropolitan Water Reclamation District). Take a good look at this fine young man. Our group endorsed him last September. If I were an incumbent on the current Board, I would be nervous. And also check out Mariyana Spyropoulos, another good candidate for Commissioner of the MWRD.
For Cook County State’s Attorney, support our friend Larry Suffredin. He is the real deal. Sometimes you meet a person that is a perfect fit for a job. I felt that way about Senator Barack Obama. I thought, “He’s going to be President of the United States.” When I met Debra Shore it was clear she was perfect fit for MWRD and is proving us correct everyday she serves there. Alexi Giannoulias is a perfect fit as Illinois State Treasurer. Would also be a perfect fit as Governor of Illinois. And then there is Larry Suffredin. If any one was born to be Cook County State’s Attorney, with his great legal mind and background, his sense of fairness and his great intellect, it is Larry Suffredin. The crowded field and all the heavyweight endorsements, he will win this race and distinguish himself in this job, a perfect fit. The only downside to a Suffredin victory is that the Cook County Board will lose a fine member. John Presta.