Dear Members of the Democratic Party of Evanston,

Please be advised that on Thursday, July 30, at 7 p.m., in accordance with the bylaws of the Democratic Party of  Evanston, the annual meeting of the membership will be held virtually.

Join us for an opportunity to learn more from Alderwoman Robin Rue Simmons about her ground-breaking efforts to secure reparations for Black residents of Evanston and beyond.

Members will also have the opportunity to meet members of the Board of Directors, as well as vote on the slate of new officers and directors.

In order to attend:

1. You must be a current member of the DPOE. [If you voted in our 2020 Primary Endorsement Session, or purchased a membership after 1/1/20, you are currently a member. Contact us here if you want verification ]. If you are not a member or your membership has lapsed, please renew your membership here  before the event.

2. Please RSVP for the event.

Invite a socially distant friend to virtually attend with you and help grow the DPOE before this year’s important election!


Tricia Hermes

After being a member and communications committee volunteer of DPOE for about 3 years, I am pleased to be a part of the Board. Born in Chicago, grew up in Evanston and Skokie, I have been living here in Evanston for the last 10 years. I have an BS in Psychology from University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, a Writing degree from Northwestern, and a MA in Writing from DePaul University. I teach writing at DePaul and Northwestern Universities. Also, I teach cycle classes at the McGaw YMCA. I love my 3 adult children and Cubs baseball. My activism began following my mom door-to-door canvassing for Abner Mikva, and just this last February I ran phone bank training for the Warren Campaign. I look forward to being a part of change in this country.

Clare Kelly

I’ve lived in Evanston for nearly 50 years in the First Ward. I graduated from ETHS as did both of my sons.  I have been teaching at ETHS for 28 years. I’ve won several teaching awards including the Northwestern University Red Apple Award for my work with the Latino/ Spanish Speaking students and have been involved in a good number of successful Evanston movements. From spearheading the successful effort to close the Evanston Hospital Medical Waste Incinerator(I was awarded the DPOE Committeeman Award). Our broad Evanston movement in collaboration with The Sierra Club, led to State and Federal legislation on medical waste incineration. I debated the Illinois Senate on the topic in Springfield. I was also a key leader in the successful effort and movement to improve education for our Spanish Speaking students at ETHS which led to fundamental advances and significant permanent beneficial changes for this population at ETHS.

Stephanie Mendoza
I am a local community advocate and political organizer. I currently consult for Evanston Latinos as a community outreach coordinator providing COVID-19 relief for undocumented and mix- statues families who have been uniquely impacted by the pandemic. I am invested in the Latino communities’ access to equitable education, resources, and representation in local government. I have worked as a campaign manager, field director, organizer, and volunteer for many candidates like Jan Schakowsky, Laura Fine, Jen Gong Gershowitz, Cam Davis, Kim Foxx, and Toni Preckwinkle.
Dr. Larry Murphy  
I moved to Evanston from El Cerrito, CA, in 1974 with my wife, Dr. Jean C. Murphy, to  serve on the faculty of Garrett-Evangelical Seminary.  Continued that employment from 1974 until retirement, 2013.  Also served on ministerial staff of the Ebenezer AME Church, Evanston, 1976 – 1998. Currently co-owner, with my wife, of YoFresh Cafe on Chicago ave in Evanston.  Am a certified voter Registrar. Active in the past in several Democratic electoral campaigns, e.g. candidate phone banking and canvassing (Evanston, Wisconsin, Iowa, Indiana.)
Darlene Murray-Cannon
I was born and raised in Evanston, and am a life long second ward resident, and an ETHS graduate. I’m a board member of Evanston Community Lake House and Gardens. I led Harley Clarke Community in three successful community conversations to discuss what Evanston residents envision for the Harley Clark lakefront public space. I’m a former Justin Wynn leadership board member and a proud parent of a 2000 award winner. I’m a current NAACP member and a Core group member of Reclaim Evanston. I’m focused on working towards a more equitable, transparent and better government for all the residents of Evanston. Currently I’m one of the founding members of Feeding the Village Evanston that was initiated during the pandemic to help food insecure families from D65. The food is donated to our organization and we then distribute the food to various schools based on families in need at each school. Currently we have joined forces with a local church to restart and revitalize a food pantry. Our team has stepped up to help get food packaged and ready for families to pickup weekly.
Doug Nickels 
I took advantage of all ETHS had to offer while growing up here in a family of educators. I graduated from Indiana University and earned a MBA at the Lake Forest Graduate School of Management. My career as an executive included Xerox Corporation and Abbott Laboratories. While working at Abbott I also was an adjunct faculty member at Lake Forest College and the Lake Forest Graduate School of Management. Raising a family in Lake Bluff. I served on the Library, Museum, Zoning and Park District boards while being the Abbott liaison for United Way and Nicasa. In retirement, I returned to Evanston with my wife Judy, and volunteers for the Evanston High School Foundation, Alumni Association and Evanston Mentors program.
  • Barbara Cornew
  • Dan Jordan
  • Betsy Soete
  • Rachel Ruttenberg, President
  • Greg Andrus, Vice President and Nominating Chair
  • Mara Jauntirans, Secretary

Rules of Order Newly Revised.

(C)  Remote Meetings.  board meetings are allowed by telephone or other communications equipment, as long as all persons participating in the meeting can hear each other. Accordingly, all meetings including, but not limited to: the Annual Membership Meeting, all meetings of the board, and other member meetings may be conducted remotely. Remote attendance will be considered equal to attendance in person at the meeting, and thus remotely attending members can be counted for quorum purposes.

Our current mission is as follows:

The Democratic Party of Evanston is accountable to Democrats residing within the attendance areas of School Districts 65 and 202. Our purpose is to amplify the voices of those Democrats; elect progressive Democrats to local, state, and federal offices; and to promote progressive ideals and elected officials.

DPOE Board recommends the following to Include with our mission…

Our progressive ideals include:
  • Anti-racism;
  • Integrity, accountability, and transparency in our political system;
  • The right to vote and have that vote count;
  • Civil rights;
  • Clean air, clean water, and healthy communities;
  • Access to health care; Keeping abortion safe and legal; and
  • Economic opportunity for all.
We look forward to seeing you virtually July 30th at 7pm on Zoom!