New Trier Democrats’ Endorsements for the 2020 Primary

Thank you to everyone who attended and participated in New Trier Democrats’ Endorsement Meeting! We had an energizing afternoon of grassroots politics and civic participation. A special thank you to all of our volunteers who made this event a success, and to all the candidates who took time out of their busy schedules to speak to our membership.

For New Trier Democrats’ membership to endorse, a candidate had to receive at least 60% of the votes of all members present. If no candidates reached 60% on the first vote, we held a second vote between the top 2 vote-getters from the first vote. If no candidate reached 60% on the second vote, then our organization did not endorse any candidate for that office.

To be clear, “No Endorsement” means that we failed to reach 60% agreement of our membership to endorse. This result does not mean that we are unenthused about these candidates. On the contrary, this result reflects that we have many excellent candidates running for office and we simply failed to reach 60% agreement. Democrats will have wonderful candidates who will fight for all of us no matter who eventually wins the Democratic Primary for these offices.

Congratulations to all of the candidates who received our endorsement!

New Trier Democrats’ endorsements in the contested races for the March 17, 2020 Democratic Primary are: 

U.S. President
No Endorsement

Cook County State’s Attorney
No Endorsement

Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County
Michael Cabonargi

Illinois Supreme Court, 1st District
No Endorsement

Illinois 1st District Appellate Court, 1st District
John C. Griffin

Illinois 1st District Appellate Court, 3rd District
Michael Hyman

We also endorsed – by voice vote – the following Democratic candidates in uncontested primary races:

U.S. Senate
Dick Durbin

U.S. House of Representatives for the 9th District of Illinois
Jan Schakowsky

U.S. House of Representatives for the 10th District of Illinois
Brad Schneider

Illinois State Representative – 17th District
Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz

Illinois State Representative – 18th District
Robyn Gabel

Illinois State Representative – 58th District
Bob Morgan

In the interest of transparency, and to satisfy your curiosity, here are the results from the final vote for each office:

U.S. President
Joe Biden – 43%
Elizabeth Warren – 32%
Pete Buttigieg – 25%
* Warren and Buttigieg tied for 2nd place on the first vote, that’s why we had 3 candidates on the second ballot.

Cook County State’s Attorney
Kim Foxx – 56%
Bill Conway – 44%

Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County
Michael Cabonargi – 69%
Jacob Meister – 25%

Illinois Supreme Court, 1st District
Margaret Stanton McBride – 57%
Cynthia Cobbs – 40%

Illinois 1st District Appellate Court, 1st District
John C. Griffin – 64%
Sharon Johnson – 18%

Illinois 1st District Appellate Court, 3rd District
Michael Hyman – 71%
Carolyn Gallagher – 21%