Brandon Johnson is the clear choice

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The March 20 primary will be upon us before we know it. In the race for the First District County Commissioner we have a clear choice — continue with Democratic Machine politics as usual or a clean break with the past and a true progressive. 

I write in support of the challenger Brandon Johnson. His resume is exactly what we need in the next wave of Democratic candidates. In Brandon we have a school teacher and union organizer with direct connections to the community he is seeking to serve. 

In contrast, we have the incumbent who has a background as a lobbyist and a history of pandering to his constituency rather than serving their interests. While the incumbent trumpets his support of repealing the loathed sugared drink tax, it is not leadership when one merely jumps in front of a parade already in motion. 

Finally, I don't think I am alone in being horrified at his recent suggestion to occupy parts of the West Side of Chicago with foreign troops. We who identify as Democrats must do better. 

With Brandon Johnson representing us in the 1st District we will have representation consistent with our democratic values.

Kent Dean 

Oak Park 

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Nick A Binotti  

Posted: March 12th, 2018 4:03 PM

Brandon Johnson campaign just received $27,500 from Robert Martwick, recently profiled by the Sun Times for lying on his state ethics filings. Martwick runs a political consulting firm that does business w/ Joe Berrios and his cabal (Cook County Democratic Party) but failed to mention these to the state as a source of income. He also just happens to work for a property tax appeals law firm that also works extensively with Berrios. I would've thought a progressive candidate would've steered clear of machine-entrenched contributions, but politics does make strange bedfellows.

Ramona Lopez  

Posted: March 7th, 2018 11:06 AM

Mr. Johnson's platform is to increase taxes on the wealthy (i.e. head count tax for large employers,). If you look at his list of supporters, the majority are labor unions. Why on earth would we want more of the same tax and spend mentality? Mr. Dean feels he is the clear choice because he is a teacher (noble profession nonetheless), and a "progressve". How does he propose we solve the violence in Austin where he resides? Clearly, he is more of the same ole same ole. Nothing really new here. Carry on.

Nick Polido  

Posted: March 7th, 2018 8:03 AM

Obviously this writer is not horrified with senseless murders, drugs and poverty on the west side or the poor excuse for schools where these students are educated with the least tenured and inexperienced teachers who cant get the choice assignments. By all means lets double down on more democratic values with this progressive Democratic candidate.

Nick A Binotti  

Posted: March 6th, 2018 10:25 PM

Poor Boykin committed the cardinal sin of voting against a highly unpopular and regressive tax that the unions who are bankrolling Johnson's campaign were relying on. Just three unions - IFT, SEIU, AFSCME - account for over $250,000 of Johnson's $325,000 total contributions. Perhaps he can stand on his own, but considering the major corporate dollars backing him (these unions are indeed de facto corporations), it seems highly doubtful.

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