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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