Monday, October 3, 2011
An Announcement And An Endorsement From Tom Sharpe
It has been an honor to serve as the 46th Ward’s Democratic Committeeman over the last eight years. As you may know, Democratic primary voters in each ward in the City of Chicago elect a Democratic Committeeman every four years to represent them on party matters, to help support Democratic candidates, and to coordinate activities related to elections.
With your help, we have delivered strong victory margins to Democratic candidates in our ward and we have organized thousands of volunteers to participate in Democratic campaigns. For example, we worked with other northside ward organizations to bring over 4,000 volunteers to key states for President Obama’s primary and general election campaigns. We have hosted recent events featuring Illinois Governor Pat Quinn, Lieutenant Governor Sheila Simon and Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky. Earlier this year, we sponsored a compelling standing-room-only forum featuring the candidates for 46th ward Alderman, providing voters with an opportunity to interact with those who were seeking to lead our ward.
It has been a great eight years working with members of our strong 46th ward community. I feel that we have accomplished a lot and that the end of my current term (March of 2012) will be a good time to transition to new leadership. Though I will be working vigorously on Democratic Party matters during the remaining six months of my term, I will not be running for re-election as Democratic Committeeman. I am asking you to join me in supporting a good friend, Alderman James Cappleman, as our next Democratic Committeeman.
Prior to serving as 46th Ward Alderman, James was a teacher, a social worker and a community advocate who spent over a decade working to improve the 46th ward. He has been an active and committed Democrat, assisting excellent candidates such as Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle. As Alderman, he has dedicated himself to fighting crime, expanding opportunities for local businesses and improving ward services. With extensive community input, he has created a 46th ward master plan which will help guide development in a way that benefits all members of the community. As Democratic Committeeman, James will represent our community well on Democratic Party matters.
James is currently circulating petitions so that he can be on the ballot for Committeeman in the March 20, 2012 Democratic Primary. Will you join me in gathering signatures for James? If so, please contact Lauren Peters at (312) 275-8683 / James46ward@gmail.com. We would truly appreciate your help.
Thank you again for the opportunity to serve as your Democratic Committeeman. Along with every member of our 46th Ward Democrats team, including our President Karen Boehning and incoming President Sean Tenner, I look forward to continuing to work with all of you to make our voices heard during the very important Democratic Primary on March 20, 2012.
46th Ward Democratic Committeeman