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Vernon Democrats Endorse Schneider

Candidates tell Vernon Township group how they will attract independent voters.

won the endorsement of the Vernon Township Democratic Organization Sunday in Vernon Hills among the four contenders for their party’s nomination in the March 20 primary.

Schneider, Waukegan community organizer , Mundelein attorney and Long Grove business owner made their case to more than 80 people why they were best suited to challenge in the Nov. 6 general election.

After listening to each candidate make an opening statement and answer six questions submitted anonymously from the audience on index cards, 33 organization members voted their preference for Schneider, 27 for Sheyman and one each for Bavda and Tree, according to one of the ballot counters.

The group also endorsed over Lake Bluff business consultant in the campaign to succeed retiring state Sen. Susan Garrett (D-Lake Forest).

Having the same or similar views on a number of issues like a woman’s right to choose, Social Security, Medicare and campaign financing, one question that let the candidates set themselves apart was electability.

Sheyman told the group his consistency would attract voters from across the spectrum. He told the story he met of a person in Vermont who supported “avowed socialist” Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT) and former President George W. Bush.

“He said ‘I know exactly where they stand,’” Sheyman said. “People will know exactly where I stand. They’ll know what I’m going to do.”

When it was Schneider’s turn he explained the newly configured map of the district passed by the Illinois General Assembly in May was 34 percent Democrat, 26 percent Republican and 40 percent independent.

“(President) Barack Obama won this district 61-45. We need to keep these people home,” Schneider said. He thinks his life experiences will help do that. He believes people affected by the issues of the day can identify with his story.

“We’ve brought two kids through the schools here. When I graduated college I couldn’t find a job and had to work on a Kibbutz in Israel for a year,” Schneider said. “The Sears Catalogue was closed six months before our oldest son was born,” he added referring to a job he lost at because the company closed his division at a critical time in his life.

Tree said his experience in both the military—he is a colonel in the Air Force reserve—and business world will have broad appeal. “Democrats and even some Republicans will like my life story,” he said.

When it comes to attracting independents necessary to put either a Democrat or Republican over the top, Bavda thinks his ideas will win the day. “I have a vision,” he said stressing his focus on jobs and education. “I will create a vision that will affect people’s lives every day.”

One question recognized Dold’s recent decision to break with the Republican majority over a transportation bill. The inquisitor wanted to know how the four Democrats will deal with Dold’s own efforts at independence.

Tree dismissed Dold’s recent position citing the number of times he has voted with the Republican majority. “Now we can make him own his votes,” he said.

Sheyman and Schneider gave Dold credit for opposing the legislation because it lacked sufficient mass transit components. Sheyman indicated he would do the same thing if it was the best thing for the people of the area.

liz albert February 15, 2012 at 08:04 PM
Glad I could help with the info, Mr. Hall. As far as the Sheyman for Congress organization doing any spamming at Patch or elsewhere, I don’t know anything about it, but I will ask.
OldDanFan February 15, 2012 at 08:15 PM
Ok, SH. You want facts? Fact: Dold called himself Pro-Choice in 2010 (Anyone can say anything in their campaign lit.) Fact: Schneider is on record as having said that he would never support an anti-choice candidate. Fact: In 2000, as Governor of Nebraska, Mike Johanns signed a measure that made Nebraska one of 27 states to criminalize killing a fetus. Fact: Schneider gave money to GOP Senate candidate Mike Johanns in 2008. Fact: By 2009, GOP Incumbent Bob Bennett voted against women’s reproductive rights at least 8 times, including his vote of YES on barring HHS grants to organizations that perform abortions. (Oct 2007) Fact: Schneider gave money to Sen. Bob Bennett in 2009. Fact: Dan Seals lost 3 general elections. Opinion: Why did Dan Seals lose? Voters did not see enough difference between the Republican and the Democrat. We can’t let that happen again! : ^)
flower child February 15, 2012 at 09:11 PM
you can certainly say you don't agree with my positions, SH, but to call me aggressive or a liar? to say that i am a bully or that i am "smearing" your candidate? you have expressed your OPINION! you have even pointed out a truth: that BS gave more money to Dems than he did to Reps. i have not denied that fact in any of my posts. you, however, seem unwilling to see the drawbacks of a candidate who gave thousands of dollors to GOP candidates, some of whom were quite forthright in their opposition to Choice among other tenets of the Progressive movement. we evidently disagree. but please take note, i am not calling you any names here. and i would appreciate it if you could do the same.
Doug Daluga February 16, 2012 at 04:16 AM
I'm not sure what this endorsement means, but it can't mean very much. Parts of their site haven't been updated since 2009 and other parts (the tax reform, and trade task force pages) don't even exist.
Jon Hall February 16, 2012 at 10:36 PM
I noticed 3 events in the next 10 days, plus 1 event listed two times. That doesn't indicate to me this candidate is working very hard at this point in the race to increase his visibility throughout the district. Too late to make up for lost time now. Does he think he's an incumbent?

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