April 4 was an excellent day for Illinois Democrats. Democratic candidates won seats in unexpected places, from township supervisor to town councils, in traditionally strong Republican regions. The Illinois victories are another indicator that the GOP may find itself struggling in the 2018 congressional elections.
Dan Kovats, Executive Director of the Illinois Democratic County Chairmen’s Association, responded to the victories, saying, “We had a pretty good day. We won in areas we normally would win, but we also won in areas Republicans never expected us to be competitive in. They were caught flat-footed.”
In Elgin Township, about 40 miles from Chicago, Franklin Ramirez became the first Democrat elected to the position of township supervisor. He will be joined by a slate of Democratic trustees, leaving the group without any elected Republicans.
West Deerfield Township and Normal Township will also be lead by Democrats. In the case of Normal Township, no Democrat had been elected in more than 100 years of local elections.
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