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Candidates Pleased With New District Borders

Two Democrats compete for party's nod in remapped Tenth District.

While decides where he will run in 2012 now that the , two Democrats -- and -- have opened campaigns for their party’s nomination for the Tenth District Seat.

Both are pleased with the new borders. 

“I’m glad my home and my office are in the Tenth,” Schneider said. “I’m excited, this is an empty seat and more Democratic leaning.” 

Sheyman, who was endorsed by former presidential candidate and Vermont Gov. Howard Dean this week, likes the look as well. He has lived and worked in the areas as a community organizer. He feels he knows the people and their needs. 

“I’m extremely pleased Buffalo Grove where I grew up and Waukegan where I live are in the district,” Sheyman said. “These are communities I have organized for years.” 

The reconstituted Tenth will continue to cover all of Lake Bluff, Lake Forest, Highland Park, Deerfield, Buffalo Grove and Libertyville. It will still include most of Glencoe as well as significant parts of Northbrook and Glenview.

One person who will not be making a race for the new Tenth District seat is , though she believes the area is now more Democratic friendly. Her name has been mentioned as a possible candidate. 

“From my perspective, the Tenth is more complete with more communities remaining together. I like the look,” Garrett said.

Though the campaign is young, charges have already been made Schneider has voted in Republican primary elections and donated $3,300 to . He explained he voted in the 2000 Republican primary to support close friend Andy Hochberg.

Schneider has also contributed $24,819 to Democrats running for the House or Senate including , , Sen. Richard Durbin (D-Springfield), Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI), Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr. (D-Chicago), former Rep. Melissa Bean (D-Barrington), Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Tammy Duckworth and many others. 

Schneider was also a donor to the campaign of Illinois Tenth Congressional Democrats Chair and former state Rep. Lauren Beth Gash (D-Highland Park) when she ran against Kirk in 2000. He began supporting Kirk in 2002 because of Kirk’s leadership in areas like the American Israel relationship, a woman’s right to choose and the environment. 

“[Kirk] was a leader in the American Israel relationship when Israel faced a very existential threat. He used to be more moderate. He’s changed, not me,” Schneider said. “Ninety-five percent of what I’ve given or raised has been for Democrats.

Bonnie Quirke June 01, 2011 at 04:19 PM
What candidates are pleased? I think just Democratic wannabes. They had the map drawn for their campaigns. Both Sheyman and Schneider can duke it out in a primary, drawn especially for them. Scheyman, whose claim to fame is an endorsement by former Vermont Gov Howard Dean, the same Governor who signed the 1st Civil Union legislation into law in the country. He also lost the 2004 presidential primary to John Kerry. He also likes community organizing. Hmmmm, just what we need ... more community organizers. Lawyers are losing their political careers to community organizers. Hmmmmm, Susan Garret weighing in here ... of course she thinks it's more democratically friendly ... they drew the map! They've redistricted Bob Dold, the Republican out of most of his District. That's community organizing for ya, and the Democrats did it at their best.

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