Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Campaign Update September 2, 2010


I just want to say thanks again for your show of support for my work in the community, including my campaign to become the next Alderman of the 24th Ward. We are off to a great start. We had our kick-off event on August 24th and it was was very well attended, with over 130 people present. We circulated petitions and planted seeds for fundraising. Indeed, we thank you for your financial, in-kind, moral, spiritual and other support.


The first day for signing petitions was Tuesday, August 24th. We will be circulating petitions on Saturday, September 4, 2010, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. We will meet in front of Homan Square, 3333 West Arthington, and circulate in the surrounding community. We would be honored to have you join us. The only requirements are that you be a citizen of the United States and be 18 years old. If you are unable to join us on Saturday, but would like to circulate within your own schedule, please e-mail or call me and we can drop petitions by your home. My phone number is 773-521-3137, and my e-mail is If you know of students, or others who may be interested in joining us, please bring or refer them. We'd be happy to have them. We would also like to thank those of you who have already begun circulating.


We will be taking our show on the road, reaching every corner of the Ward. If you know of events that we should be a part of, or attend, or if you know of groups of people, organizations, churches, individuals, block clubs, or other stakeholders with whom we should meet, please let us know and we will include the events on our schedule of meet and greets and mini-fund raisers.


Our website is under construction and should be ready the day after Labor Day (or sooner). The state of the art website will provide an overview of our issues and platform, and will provide visitors with opportunities to review campaign news and events, schedule appearances, volunteer and make contributions on line, and provide a mailing address to which to send contributions. The URL for the website is We will notify you when the site goes live.


We need volunteers to make phone calls, organize special events, write press releases, take pictures, stuff envelopes, get out the vote (in February, 2011), register voters, perform light office work. if you are interested, please respond to this e-mail. We will make sure you "get in where you fit in".


Our campaign is about returning government to the hands of the people. We are now accepting campaign donations from friends, family and residents of the 24th Ward. The proceeds will be used to fund things like office space, printing, marketing, copies and general campaign operations. We are accepting donations by mail, in person and through the website when it is operational. We will notify you when the website is done. In the meantime, Please send checks to

Citizens to Elect Valerie F. Leonard
4111 West 21st Place
Chicago, IL 60623

The maximum donation for an individual is $2,300. We will accept cash and in-kind donations of any amount, starting at $1.00.


Wilbert Cook and I were interviewed by Congressman Danny K. Davis on his Politics N Real Time internet talk show. The show streamed live on Friday, August 27, 2010, from The show will be available for one week by logging onto We will archive the show on our website within about a week.



As you may recall, the Lawndale Alliance and North Lawndale Community News held the annual Community Awareness Series in June. A couple weeks ago, we shared with you air dates for the meetings o n CAN TV. We just got word of additional air dates. If you weren’t able to make the meetings, you will have other opportunities to catch up. The meetings will air on CAN TV as follows:

Stimulus Package/Neighborhood Stabilization Program Town Hall
Wednesday, September 1st, 12:30 PM, Channel 21

TIF Town Hall
Friday, September 3rd, 8:00 AM, Channel 19
Thursday, September 9th, 12:00 PM, Channel 21

You may also download handouts from the meetings at
Contact Valerie F. Leonard at 773-521-3137 or

Austin Weekly News

West Side activist makes bid for 24th Ward alderman

North Lawndale Community News

The North Lawndale Community News covered the Campaign Kick-off. They are expected to run a story this weekend.


What are Judges of Election?

The judges of election are the officials responsible for the conduct of the election in the precinct polling place. The judges of election are the backbone of the electoral process. Their jobs are challenging, interesting and personally rewarding.
In each precinct, the judges share in responsibilities, duties and authorities that include:
(1) Opening the polling place and setting up voting equipment at 5 a.m. on Election Day;
(2) Conducting a fair and impartial election in the precinct polling place, allowing voting from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.
(3) Tabulating the vote totals for the precinct and transmitting them to Election Central after the polls close at 7 p.m.
The Judge of Election application for the term that ends with the 2012 Primary is available here. (NOTE: This form may not be used for those participating in the High School Student Judge program.)


If you know of others who may be interested in this update, please feel free to pass it on. Your assistance, as always, is most appreciated.

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