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Write-in-only primary gives Greens a takeover opportunity: "We're now running for majority control."
CHICAGO -- The Illinois Green Party has announced a fifth candidate for the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District Board of Commissioners, which oversees Cook County's billion-dollar, 2000-employee, taxpayer-funded wastewater treatment and flood prevention agency.
The death of MWRD Commissioner Timothy Bradford in December 2017, just days before the close of the filing period for the 2018 primaries, resulted in a snap decision from the Cook County Clerk's office to put Bradford's unfinished two-year term on the March 20th primary ballots -- with no candidates listed, making it a write-in-only election. The decision was issued on January 11th, and filing for write-in candidates closed one week later, on January 18th.
Illinois Green Party Secretary Geoffrey Cubbage, a former data analyst on international aid projects in Afghanistan, including agricultural and water-supply development initiatives, has filed as a Green Party write-in candidate, joining four other Greens in the race. With nine seats total, that puts a majority in play in 2018 -- and the Green Party promises a hard campaign to win it all.