The York Township Democratic Organization voted last night to endorse the ticket of Bob Peickert, Michelle Barton, and Bob Jeffers for DuPage County Democrats Chair, First Vice-Chair, and Treasurer, respectively. The vote was 16-0 in favor of the endorsement, with two abstentions. All currently active officers of the York organization (Chair Bob Wagner, First Vice-Chair Carol Davis, and Treasurer Steve Stawarz) were present and voted in favor of the endorsement, as did former York chair Doug Cole.
During the discussion which preceded the vote, YTDO members praised Peickert and Barton for generating unprecedented enthusiasm, willingness to listen to and work with groups outside the party such as the DuPage Ballot Integrity Project, running highly valuable training sessions, and inclusive team-building. Peickert and Barton were also viewed as the more likely slate to be able to contribute towards a movement towards meaningful reform of the state party.
York Township includes Oakbrook Terrace; most of Lombard, Oak Brook, and Villa Park; much of Elmhurst; and small portions of Downers Grove, Hinsdale, and Westmont. Out of the nine townships that comprise DuPage County, York had the highest number of Democratic ballots pulled per registered voter in both the 2006 and 2008 primaries.