Biss loss weighs on local Democrats

It was a disappointing night for many supporters of the Democratic Party of Evanston who turned out for a post-election gathering at Prairie Moon downtown this evening.

With Evanston’s own Daniel Biss finishing a distant second to J.B. Pritzker in the race for the Democratic nomination for governor, thoughts of his possible political future were much on the minds of the down-ticket candidates who were victors in their own contests.

State Rep. Robyn Gabel, who was unopposed in her own primary, said she was convinced that Biss had succeeded in pushing Pritzker to the left during the campaign. “Pritzker never would have said he was for a graduated income tax or for health care for all if Biss hadn’t been in the race,” Gabel suggested.

And County Commissioner Larry Suffredin, noting that Biss had given up his safe State Senate seat to run for governor, said “Daniel’s not going away. He’ll be looking for a new task to fill.”

Larry Suffredin.

Suffredin himself noted that he defeated two candidates in his own primary — one 20 years old, the other 30.

“It’s good to see youth entering the party,” Suffredin said, “but it’s good to beat them as well.”

Both Gabel and Suffredin noted that they’ll be facing Trump supporters on the Republican ticket in the fall.

Deb Shore.

Another local candidate with reason to smile at the gathering was Deb Shore, who finished first among Democrats seeking four seats on the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District commission.

In the 17th District State House race, which featured five candidates seeking the Democratic nomination, Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz of Glenview had 36.35 percent of the the vote with 73 of 78 precincts reporting to 33.92 percent for Candance Chow of Evanston and 16.43 percent for Mary Rita Luecke of Skokie.

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