Dorothy Turner, 17th District State Central Committee woman, held a press conference this past week to address constituents‘ concerns about the process to appoint retiring State Representative Chuck Jefferson’s replacement.
Turner reminded the media, public and local party officials that in regards to elections and appointments the state Democratic central committee bylaws promise:
(e) The Democratic Party of Illinois shall publicize fully and in such a manner as to assure notice to all interested parties a full description of the legal and practical procedures for selection of Democratic Party Officers and representatives on all levels. Publication of these procedures shall be done in such fashion that all prospective and current members of the Democratic Party of Illinois will be fully and adequately informed of the pertinent procedures in time to participate in each selection procedure at all levels of the Democratic Party organization.
(f) The Democratic Party of Illinois shall publicize fully and in such a manner as to assure notice to all interested parties a complete description of the legal and practical qualifications of all officers and representatives of the Democratic Party of Illinois. Such publication shall be done in a timely fashion so that all prospective candidates or applicants for any elected or appointed position within the Democratic Party of Illinois will have full and adequate opportunity to compete for office.
Turner expressed concerns the appointment process had not been properly outlined or agreed upon and has asked for further clarification so that she may respond to her constituents.
Local party officials have contacted state party officials for clarification. More information will be posted here as it becomes available.
Dorothy “Dot“ Turner was elected this past spring to represent Democrats in 14 Illinois counties as 17th District State Central Committee woman.
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