Welcome to the website of the Democratic Party of the 49th Ward. We are the local Democratic Party for the Rogers Park and West Ridge communities of the City of Chicago. As a liberal/progressive, grass roots, and membership empowered organization we work hard to elect progressive Democratic candidates. Once we get them elected, we work even harder to keep them in office. Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky is a perfect example of the type of candidate we support. She shares our strong belief in good government.
I am David Fagus, the Democratic Committeeman. I have worked tirelessly for many years to build a new type of political ward organization here in Cook County. I have succeeded in building an organization that supports candidates based on a vote of our Democratic members who are our neighbors. Because of my success, Committeemen from the city and the suburbs have reached out to find out how we do things and have adopted our basic principles. Our organization traditionally endorses and support liberal, progressive candidates that support issues such as marriage equality, a women's right to choose, an increase in the minimum wage, laws to protect against voter suppression (which are often aimed at my minority friends) and good, transparent government.
Some of our opponents like to call us a "machine" and they claim that we "cheat" to win, but the simple truth is that we are an organization made up of the community and therefore represent the community. We have a strong field operation based on volunteers from the community so once we endorse someone we work hard to support them. It is a shame that our opponents resort to the easy path of name calling rather than getting together and doing some work supporting their candidates. As the Aldermanic race approaches you will see this kind of garbage increase. If you have doubts send me an email an I will tell you the truth.
The 49th Ward is a very diverse community in every sense of the word, be it economics, race, religion or education, except in politics. We are unabashedly one of the most liberal places in America. In order to keep things that way, at the local level we support balanced development in the community so that every person can have a place in our neighborhood. Our goal is to maintain the tremendous strength and diversity that we enjoy today, and continue to be a role model for the nation well into the 21st century.
Because we value our diversity and want to maintain a community that offers opportunities for everyone, we continuously work to expand and grow our organization. While most of the people of the 49th ward agree with us, not everyone does. Having a strong political organization that believes in this agenda for the neighborhood helps us to elect political leaders, from the White House to the Alderman's office, who support our vision. That is why I have held more over 100 community meetings in my tenure as Committeeman, all throughout the ward. I want to be certain that every person who wants the opportunity to be involved in Democratic politics and progressive government has the chance.
I am looking forward to hearing from you.