Green Party candidate for the MWRD, George Milkowski was endorsed by the Independent Voters of Illinois- Independent Precinct Organization. Also Nancy Wade, Green Party candidate for the 5th Congressional District was endorsed.
by Jack Ailey
We have sincere, intelligent, and dedicated Green Party candidates for the MWRD for the election in November. Many, many voters in Cook County have voted for our candidates in past elections. Many, many more would vote for us if we could get the word out more widely.
This takes money. We need money for flyers, for advertisements, for yard signs, and all the other communication methods of a campaign.
Send your checks to the Cook County Green Party, PO Box 891140, Chicago, IL 60608, and write MWRD campaign in the memo line.
You can also send money through Paypal. Click on the link below.
Thank you to everyone who helped get us on the ballot for November 2014.
Our petitions have not been challenged in our quest for getting on the ballot for Commissioner for MWRD. What is next? Most citizens of Crook County are tired of the so called machine. We have an opportunity to expand The Green Party in Cook County.
The petitioning period for the 2014 primary is now. We have three Green Party candidates to get on the ballot. They are Karen Roothaan, who was a candidate in 2012, Michael Smith and George Milkowski, both of whom are long time members of the Illinois Green Party.
The link to the petition is here: MWRD Petition – Roothaan, Milkowski, Smith.
Rich Whitney has issued this video call for candidates for 2014.
The Green Party MWRD candidates did better than ever before in yesterday’s election. We received 12.5% of the total vote.
Thank you to all who voted for our candidates to all who contributed their time, their talents, and their money to our campaign.
Here are the raw vote totals for each candidate:
Dave Ehrlich 195.785
Karen Roothaan 184,871
Nasrin Khalili 114,006
We had radio ads on WCPT. We printed several thousand flyers, some with just the MWRD candidates, and some joint with Jill Stein. We did some yard signs. And we had a basic website.
Dave Ehrlich also mounted a vigorous campaign, also on a shoestring, including a very nice website <cleanwaterdave.com>, a nice flyer, and lots of personal appearances.
This contest is consistently the highest vote getter for the Greens for any large district in Illinois. I am hoping that we can mount a much better organized and funded campaign in 2014. We could make a big improvement in those numbers.
Jack Ailey, treasurer, Committee to Elect Greens to the MWRD
Some radio ads for the Green Party MWRD candidates have been purchased with the generous donations from our supporters. Thank you to all who have donated!
Thank you to Gerald Mead-Lucero who donated time and equipment to produce the ad.
Here is the ad.
Dave has been endorsed by the Daily Herald, the 3rd largest newspaper in Illinois.
The editorial states, “Dave Ehrlich stand[s] out. Ehrlich has worked for the watchdog U.S. Government Accounting Office and teaches in the Environmental Management & Sustainability program at Illinois Institute of Technology…endorsed.”
Water is our most precious resource. And the great lakes are the world’s largest freshwater resource. Low taxes, world-class green water infrastructure, transparent contracting, pollution control, flood control, and health standards all attract people and jobs to the region in a competitive global economy. To protect our water, we must change from GRAY to GREEN infrastructure. It’s not new. It’s not radical. Other cities have done it. But our MWRD Board votes for nearly 100% GRAY infrastructure.
Also note that the Chicago Tribune gave an honorable mention to Dave, saying, “[a] promising Green Party candidate, Dave Ehrlich, finishing a close fourth in our evaluations.”