The hotline was created in part in response to other states’ laws that have either mandated identification at the polls or curtailed early voting, Christian Mitchell, a Democratic state representative from Chicago and executive director of the state party, said last month in announcing the hotline.
Christian Mitchell, State Rep. and Interim Director of The Democratic Party of Illinois, joins Tom Miller in the studio.
Sun-Times Washington Bureau Chief Lynn Sweet talked with Sun-Times political reporter Tina Sfondeles as well as state Rep. Jeannie Ives and state Rep. Christian Mitchell, interim executive director of the Democratic Party of Illinois, about the mid-term elections Tuesday, Nov. 6.
“Voting is every American’s fundamental right, one that was fought for in countless battles. Even today, there are countless examples of voter suppression and barriers to voting, and we will work diligently to dismantle those efforts,” the party’s executive director, state Rep. Christian Mitchell, said in a statement.
“The Democratic Party is committed to fighting for open access to the ballot box and just because we have some of the best voting laws in the country doesn’t mean we’re going to sit back and be passive during this election,” Mitchell said.
“Making sure that we emphasize next cycle having more candidates of color, even more women insofar as we can,” Mitchell said. “I think that’s really important based on where the base of the Democratic Party is and based on who have been reliable Democratic voters for years. I think we did a really good job this cycle in recruiting candidates who can win their districts. I think in the future I want to make sure that the party is reflective of our demographics.”
Mitchell said the Democratic Party is “becoming younger. It’s becoming more tech-savvy. People of color are becoming more engaged, and so I hope that I’m a foot in the door for that — that sort of changing guard and style of leadership.”
Rick Pearson speaks with State Rep. and the newly named Interim Executive Director of the Democratic Party of Illinois, Christian Mitchell of Chicago. Rick and Christian explore the evolution of the Democratic Party of IL as far as an institution, the million-dollar effort for voter registration, and Christian’s selection into his new position.
“We can’t afford to stand on the sidelines while Donald Trump and Mike Pence attack the values that make our state strong,” said DPI Executive Director Christian Mitchell. “Communities across our state under assault — Bruce Rauner needs to take charge, put people over politics, and stand up for Illinois.”
Right up front, let’s just stipulate that the recent appointment of state Rep. Christian Mitchell (D-Chicago) as the Democratic Party of Illinois’ interim executive director will not usher in an immediate sea-change.
The interim executive director of the Democratic Party of Illinois, state Rep. Christian Mitchell of Chicago, speaks at a rally denouncing Gov. Bruce Rauner near an event where Rauner introduced Vice President Mike Pence on July 13, 2018, in Rosemont.
Mitchell has a background in campaigns and community organizing, and he becomes the first African-American to hold the post of running the state party’s day-to-day operations.
“Something has to be done to protect those who are the most vulnerable who are taking these loans to try to cover vital expenses,” [Christian Mitchell] says.
State Rep. Christian Mitchell has a bright future. He is fighting the right battles — for sensible gun laws and better public schools — and he’s taken at least one tough stand in his first three years in the Illinois House…