We had a wonderful crowd of about 200 people at the Democratic Party of the 49th Ward endorsement session. All of the candidates answered questions and shared their thoughts about what they think will make for a better Chicago. By all accounts, it was a good endorsement session.
Our local Democratic Party is a very grass roots, bottom up organization. Endorsements made by our organization come from a vote of the active membership. Today, after hearing all of the candidates speak, the active members of the organization cast their vote.
In order to get the endorsement a candidate needs to get 2/3 of the votes cast. If no candidate receives 2/3 of the votes cast then the matter is sent to the Board of Directors where further action is considered.
The results are as follows:
del Valle 50.0%
The race for Mayor is referred to the Board for further consideration.
UPDATE: THE BOARD HAS DECIDED TO MAKE NO ENDORSEMENT IN THE RACE FOR MAYOR IN FEBRUARY 22, 2011 ELECTION.
Susana Mendoza is endorsed by the Democratic Party of the 49th Ward.
A meeting of the Board will be set for some time over the next few days and additional information will be posted here.
Finally, a big round of applause goes out to all those who made it their business today to come and become informed about the very important choices we have to make on February 22, 2011.
My thoughts about our candidates are that Rep. Susana Mendoza has the promise to be an excellent Clerk. Her record as a legislator is strong. Her energy and enthusiasm for the position is high. She has shown us that she has the experience and the progressive values that we hold dear through her work as a State Representative. I am proud that we have voted to have her on our ticket.
Alderman Joe Moore, one of the leaders of our local Democratic Party, has a very long history of standing up and fighting for what is right, fighting for what is best for the people of our ward and the city regardless of what powerful interest is lined up on the other side. He has continued to work together with all the members of our community to build a stronger community here in the 49th Ward and I am happy to have him as a member and leader of our organization.