2 running for 17th District committeewoman

Posted Online: March 13, 2014, 7:52 pm
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By Eric Timmons, etimmons@qconline.com
Two candidates are running for 17th Congressional District State Central Committeewoman on the March 18 primary ballot.

The candidates are Dot Turner, of Rockford, and Christine Eik Winick, of Galesburg, who holds the job through appointment.

The Democratic Party's State Central Committee includes a committeeman and committeewoman from each of the 18 congressional districts in Illinois. Moline Township supervisor and Rock Island County Board member Don Johnston, the incumbent committeeman, is unopposed in the primary.

The state central committee's functions include assisting election campaigns for Democratic candidates at all levels and organizing the Democratic Party's state convention. The committee also conducts the state campaign for the election of the presidential and vice‑presidential nominees of the Democratic National Convention.

Ms. Winick was appointed to to fill the unexpired term of former 17th District State Central Committeewoman Mary Boland in September.

Ms. Winick, chairwoman of the Knox County Democrats, said she's running "to promote and encourage organization of the Democratic Party at every level so that we elect Democrat candidates from the top of the ticket to the bottom."

Ms. Turner worked for 44-years at the Sensata plant in Freeport before it closed and production moved to China.

She's a former president of the Stephenson County NAACP and said she decided to get more involved in politics after being laid off from her job with Sensata.

Ms. Turner said she wants to help develop strong and honest candidates for the Democrats and work with party organizations across the district.


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  Today is Tuesday, Sept 2, the 245th day of 2014. There are 120 days left in the year.

1864 — 150 years ago: It is estimated that 300,000 people attended the recent Democratic convention in Chicago when Gen. George B. McClellan of New Jersey was nominated as a candidate for president of the United States.
1889 — 125 years ago: Alderman Frank Ill, Winslow Howard and Captain J.M. Montgomery returned from Milwaukee, where they attended the national Grand Army of the Republic encampment.
1914 — 100 years ago: Three members of the Rock Island YMCA accepted positions as physical directors of other associations. Albert Cook went to Kewanee, C.D. Curtis to Canton and Willis Woods to Leavenworth, Kan.
1939 — 75 years ago: Former President Herbert Hoover appealed for national support of President F.D. Roosevelt and Congress in every effort to keep the United States out of war.
1964 — 50 years ago: The Rock Island Junior chamber pf Commerce has received answers to about 65 % of the 600 questionnaires mailed out recently in a "Community Attitude Survey" to analyze sentiments of citizens towards their city's various recreational, educational, and civic service programs.
1989 — 25 years ago: The two thunderstorms passing through the Quad Cities last night and early today left some area residents reaching for their flashlights.

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