?Dear members of the DPOE, please be advised that on Sunday, July 28, in accordance with the bylaws of the Democratic Party of Evanston, the annual meeting of the membership will be held at 2215 Central Park Ave at 4:00 PM.

Join us for a complementary Demo Q  (Dems eating bbq) cookout and the opportunity to meet the current officers of the DPOE as well as vote on the slate of new officers.
In order to attend you must be a current member of the DPOE. You may renew your membership here or at the door on the day of the event. Bring along an activist friend and help us grow! RSVP HERE

The featured speaker will be Colleen Connell, Executive Director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Chicago, who will speak on the decisions from this term of the Supreme Court.?


Juneitha Shambee – Juneitha grew up on the south side of Chicago and is the middle child of 5. She’s known since she was 8 years old that she to be an attorney, because she wanted to teach and prevent individuals from entering the legal system or help guide them through it. She currently lives in Evanston with her son and runs her law practice right here in town. Her practice mainly consists of criminal defense and family law cases. Working in criminal defense and seeing some of the injustices on both sides, she wants to fight on the front lines to make policy change. She wants to help those legislators by being an ear to the ground in listening to the people and showing where change is needed. That is why she wants to join the DPOE.

Mara Jauntirans – Mara is a development communications professional currently working as Communications Manager at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago Foundation. She has over 20 years of experience developing fundraising strategies, crafting successful proposals, and preparing impactful reports for healthcare and social services organizations. A long-time Evanstonian, she is a proud graduate of ETHS. Mara earned a BA from Johns Hopkins and MA from The New School for
Social Research.

Dereka Ross – Dereka was born and raised in Evanston. She is the founder of Reviving our Youth, a non-profit organization focused on getting neighborhood children to off of tablets, computers and in front of t.v.’s to doing activities such as double dutch, basketball, softball dodgeball etc. She has a master’s degree from SIU, lived in the 5th ward and is looking forward to being a part of DPOE.

Ana Ostap – Anna is a 17 year veteran of the Evanston Police Department and has been in emergency services for 19 years. She also serves as a SWAT operator on the regional SWAT team and supervises the tactical emergency medical services (TEMS) and weapons of mass destruction (WMD) portion of the team. Outside of law enforcement, Anna enjoys spending time with her wife, and visiting their Michigan vacation home as much as possible.


Al Hofeld, Jr. – Al was born and raised in Evanston, attended the public schools through high school, and has three children, who also attend Evanston public schools.  Al is the principal of The Law Offices of Al Hofeld, Jr, LLC, a plaintiffs’ civil rights law firm in downtown Chicago that specializes in advocating for the civil rights of children in suits against police departments, boards of education and other governmental and private entities.  Formerly, Al prosecuted race discrimination and consumer rights cases, including class actions, against predatory home mortgage lenders and banks, and organized a low-income, community credit union on the South Side of Chicago.  Prior to becoming a lawyer, Al worked with non-profit organizations as an advocate for the homeless for five years.  During his first term on the DPOE board, Al served as Issues Director.  Al loves working with his progressive, DPOE colleagues and looks forward to continuing his work on behalf of DPOE.


Givonna Long – Givonna is a former Evanston Police Officer turned lawyer. She loves playing softball, watching the White Sox and traveling the country with her wife to watch their teenage son compete in karate competitions. Givonna currently serves as the Chair of the Nominations Committee and Vice President and is thrilled to continue in these roles for DPOE.

Dan Jordan – Dan is a long time Evanstonian who has two boys, two dogs, and one wife. He is a lawyer with the Comptroller of Currency, is a Sox fan is a huge Rachel Maddow fan and loves to garden and cycle to the Botanic garden. Dan currently serves as the Treasurer and is excited to continue in that role.


Position Statement to Build a Climate Smart America

DPOE Board Approved (6/13/19)

WHEREAS, on June 1, 2017, President Donald J. Trump withdrew the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement;

WHEREAS, on June 1, 2017, the U.S. Climate Alliance was established to empower state and local governments to provide leadership to build a carbon-neutral American economy;

WHEREAS, on December 11, 2018,  the Evanston City Council unanimously approved the Climate Action and Resilience Plan (CARP);

WHEREAS, CARP is enabling Evanston to become the first city in Illinois to set a goal of achieving 100 percent renewable electricity for all properties, aiming to do so by 2030, and the first to target zero net emissions, or carbon neutrality, with plans to achieve that goal by 2050.

WHEREAS, on January 23, 2019, Illinois became the 18th state to join the U.S. Climate Alliance

WHEREAS, on May 15, 2019, speakers at the Chicago Federal Reserve Bank’sConfronting Climate Change forum “described the need to prioritize action at the local level rather than waiting for government intervention at the national, regional or state levels.”

WHEREAS, the Democratic Party of Evanston (DPOE) is a volunteer member organization that is accountable to Democrats residing within the attendance areas of the Public School Districts 65 and 202, and;

WHEREAS, the DPOE is committed to amplifying the voices of those Democrats; electing progressive Democrats to local, state, and federal offices; and promoting progressive ideals and progressive elected officials.

WHEREAS, the DPOE encourages youth participation in the political process through local-level actions that remedy problems caused by climate change.


The DPOE will work with Evanston Township High School students and the Evanston City Council to advance CARP implementation by:

  • Urging Cook County to expand its climate action policy to include encouragement for each of the more than 130 municipalities countywide to adopt climate action and resilience plans;
  • Urging the Illinois General Assembly to approve, and Gov. J.B. Pritzker to sign, the Clean Energy Jobs Act–proposed legislation that would place Illinois on a path to 100% renewable energy while growing the clean energy economy that expands equitable access to public health, safety, a cleaner environment, and quality jobs and economic opportunities, and;
  • Urging State of Illinois policymakers to incentivize each of the 1,299 incorporated municipalities statewide to adopt climate action and resilience plans, and;
  • Urging all presidential candidates to sign on to the stated goals of the Paris Climate Agreement.

We look forward to seeing you at our Demo-Q! RSVP today!