Local Democrats focus on campaign sign strategy

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McDONOUGH COUNTY — The McDonough County Democratic Central Committee worked out a compromise regarding a purchase for campaign signs during Monday’s monthly meeting.

Chair Belinda Carr shared that the state organization is offering larger-than-standard sized signs that feature the names of former Vice President Joe Biden and Senator Kamala Harris; however, the signs must be purchased in a quantity of at least five at the price of $35 apiece. While the committee seemed to support acquiring the signs, they differed on whether they were priorities.

“Given our financial situation and our fundraising situation, I think we should really be strategic about the campaign materials that we get,” Emiliano Vera said.

Vera made the case that Democratic Nominees for President, like Biden, win decisively in Illinois, a solid-blue state that hasn’t voted for a Republican presidential candidate since President George H.W. Bush in 1988, per 270towin.com.

Instead, Vera said that it would be wiser to spend more money on smaller, local candidates who are running in competitive races and would benefit from receiving more attention. He also suggested purchasing campaign materials and signs regarding the Illinois Fair Tax, a yes-or-no question that will appear on the ballot that could tweak the state’s income tax system.

McDonough County Board Member Dick Marcott said that he agreed with Vera, but that his desire is to see Biden earn more votes than President Trump in McDonough County – which he said would be more likely if residents see more signs in support of Biden in the community.

Marcott pointed out that the committee has more than $4,600 and that the $175 spent on those Biden signs would not dramatically harm their funds. After hearing both perspectives, Jeff Radosh and John Carlson informed Carr that they will split the costs of the signs and purchase them out of their own pockets.

Elsewhere, Carr said that there will be a racial awareness forum that will take place in October and will be announced at a later date.

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September 30, 2020 at 05:56PM

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