By Chris Hotchkin

The holidays are soon upon us and with this snowy weather it feels as if we are already in December. This may seem like a good time to take a break from political action and cuddle up at home. While we all need to take some extra time to relax with family and friends this holiday season, the holidays also present some special opportunities to support our candidates and the Democratic Party.

Petition season is winding down, but there is still time to collect signatures for your favorite candidates. If you are a Precinct Committeeperson (PC), or you are willing to be a PC, you still have time to get your PC petition done and turn it in to Sue in the office. You only need 10 signatures to get on the primary ballot as a Precinct Committeeperson.  Petition filing takes place between November 25 and December 2. We will collect petitions in our office, file PC petitions for you, and distribute candidate petitions to the candidates.

While you are gathering friends and neighbors together for holiday cheer, think about inviting a candidate or two to meet with potential voters. This is especially important for our local candidates. It is so important that we support Democratic candidates up and down the ballot.

Both the Downers Grove Township Democrats and the Democratic Party of DuPage County will be having holiday parties. The DGTDO party will be at Emmett’s in Downers Grove on December 9 from 6:30 to 8:30, featuring hot appetizers, a cash bar, and lots of Democrats to socialize with. There is no charge for this party, but donations will be accepted. Be sure to respond to the email invitation or email Chris at to RSVP so we can give Emmett’s a count. The Democratic Party of DuPage County will hold their annual Holiday Party on December 6 starting at 6:00 at Abbington Banquets in Glen Ellyn. Tickets are $65, but just $50 if you are a member. Go to to purchase tickets.

The Iowa Caucuses are quickly approaching on February 3. Guess which state is right next to Iowa? Ours! If you are enthusiastic about a presidential candidate, you could contact their campaign and offer to spend a day in Iowa for them. This will be even more fun if you have a few friends to go with you. Bundle up and road trip to Iowa!

If you are snowed in during the winter months, remember that contacting your representatives by phone is very important political action. The phone numbers of all representatives are included in this newsletter. Call about impeachment, call about climate change, call about gun safety, call local office holders about local issues. Download an app on your phone “5 Calls” that will make it easy to make 5 important calls each day.

And of course, when you are writing those end-of-year donation checks, consider sending a check to a candidate or to our DGTDO Office Fund.

Happy Holidays and here’s to a 2020 filled with Democratic victories!