Windy City Media Group Frontpage News
Celebrating 30 Years of Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Trans News
home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2018-10-17
DOWNLOAD ISSUE
About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage

Sponsor
Sponsor

  WINDY CITY TIMES

ELECTIONS 2018 No longer on ballot, Ebonie Davis moves forward
by Liz Baudler
2018-02-14

facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email


In a crowded race to succeed Leader Barbara Flynn Currie as the 25th District's state representative, Ebonie Davis was the only LGBT-identified candidate. But that is the case no longer: Davis was successfully challenged off the ballot Jan. 30. The Hyde Park Herald reported that of 1,118 signatures Davis collected, the Board of Elections considered 670 invalid.

Candidates required 500 signatures to be placed on a ballot, and the Herald reported that after investigation, Davis missed that number by 52 signatures. According to Davis, after collecting affidavits pertaining to the disputed signatures, perhaps as few as 20 signatures made the difference. First aware of the challenge sometime in December, Davis called the process of verifying signatures "exhausting."

"I've done work with Access Living and members of the disabled community and I had some individuals who signed my petition, but because their handwriting didn't reflect what they may have signed on their voter registration card, it was invalid," Davis said. "What broke my heart was that I had people who were in the hospital, maybe had just gotten out of the hospital, and I had to call them, and ask, and people were, like, 'You can come over now, yes, if it's like 9 o'clock at night, 10 o'clock at night, you can come to my house, I'll sign this affidavit.' They had to print their name, sign it, have their address, line number of the petition, print it again and then re-sign it. And then it all had to be notarized."

Perhaps because of the high number of candidates, Davis said her district had "probably the longest ballot challenge period" of any race. Davis said she had been challenged twice before, by the campaigns of opponents Angelique Collins and Will Calloway, but the successful challenge came from fellow South Shore native Adrienne Irmer's campaign. While Davis' collected affidavits had dispelled previous challenges, Irmer's had been different.

"They did what you call "dual objections," Davis explained. "They not only challenged the person's signature, but they also said the person wasn't registered. Even if the handwriting expert from the board of elections said the signature was valid, and even if we got an affidavit saying the signature was valid, if they weren't registered at that address, then it just didn't go."

Because she was still employed full time by the Illinois Department of Human Rights while running for office, Davis felt she was at a disadvantage when it came to signature collection.

"I think I did exceptionally well considering I entered into this race very late. In less than a month, we were able to get those 1,100 signatures. We were out there hustling really hard," Davis said. "A big difficulty that I had in this race was that I did all of the sexual harassment training for the general assembly. And so a lot my circulating had to be done in the evening time, but keep in mind, in November I was in Springfield for the entire month. Even though I had, what, 1,118 signatures, me having the time to go and check signatures, make sure that they're good. ... It was just very difficult. My opponents, a lot of them were not working at that time—they may not have been working or they're entrepreneurs, they work for themselves. Whereas me, I have the twins who I'm a legal guardian for who are three years old, I've got trainings for my job. I didn't have the luxury to just take off work at that time."

Nevertheless, Davis is looking towards the future, making an effort to rebrand herself and hosting an appreciation party called "Together We With Ebonie" on Feb. 18 at the Quarry Event Center in South Shore.

"I need people to not give up hope," Davis said. "Unfortunately, there are a lot of people in South Shore who are very upset. I've received calls, people are concerned. I feel like a lot of people feel a sense of hopelessness, and they thought I had it in the bag, but that's the game of politics that people play."

Davis expressed gratitude for all the support she'd gotten throughout her run and wanted to continue to work for her community's needs.

"I want the community to define what they want to do with me: "together we build," "together we learn," "together we collaborate," "together we educate," "together we create safe environments.".. whatever the community is looking to do that I can assist with, I want to do it collectively and holistically," Davis said. "I'm not too upset about the race. I'm out, but the work is still there. I just need to continue the work that I had already started last year."

On Feb. 11, Davis announced her endorsement of elder-care lawyer and community activist Anne Marie Miles. "I am supporting someone who like myself, has skin in the game," Davis emailed. "A person with a proven track record of selflessly working for the people. I am supporting Anne Marie Miles because her grassroots work within the South Shore Community and the 25th District aligns with my connection to the heart of the people."

Related posted at the link: www.windycitymediagroup.com/lgbt/ELECTIONS-2018-Ebonie-Davis-now-off-ballot/61875.html .


facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email





Windy City Media Group does not approve or necessarily agree with the views posted below.
Please do not post letters to the editor here. Please also be civil in your dialogue.
If you need to be mean, just know that the longer you stay on this page, the more you help us.


  ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE

Gay News

Lesbian CEO takes reins at New Thought Channel 2018-10-22 - At New Thought Channel, Paula Langguth Ryan serves as the chief financial officer, chief operating officer, marketing director and promotions manager. Now, has ...


Gay News

HHS wants to rewrite sex-discrimination law 2018-10-22 - The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has reportedly prepared a proposal to limit the identification of a person's gender to include ...


Gay News

Former Mich. governor keynotes milestone Personal PAC event 2018-10-22 - Personal PAC marked 25 years of advocating for pro-choice candidates with the organization's annual awards luncheon, featuring a rousing keynote address by former ...


Gay News

Report: Trump may remove transgender rights from federal civil rights law 2018-10-21 - The Trump administration is considering defining gender on the basis of genitalia at birth—which would surely rescind protections of transgender people under federal ...


Gay News

Women's Advocates Condemn Erika Harold for Sexual Harassment Victim Blaming 2018-10-18 - Chicago, IL — Today, State Sen. Kimberly Lightford, State Sen. Heather Steans, and State Rep. Ann Williams and representatives of Planned Parenthood and ...


Gay News

Tamale Sepp starts a new chapter 2018-10-17 - Internationally renowned comedian and interdisciplinary performer Tamale Sepp has relocated to the East Coast after serving up 16 years of comedy, performance art, ...


Gay News

Trans Israeli activist Ofer Erez on making IDF history, Open House role 2018-10-17 - Ofer Erez, 25, made history when he became Israel's first openly trans Israel Defense Forces ( IDF ) officer in 2013. Erez has ...


Gay News

ELECTIONS 2018 Mayoral candidate Lori Lightfoot unveils LGBTQ policy framework 2018-10-17 - On Oct. 11, which was National Coming Out Day, Chicago mayoral candidate Lori Lightfoot unveiled her LGBTQ policy framework at a roundtable discussion ...


Gay News

ELECTIONS 2018 Candidate Kwame Raoul on attorney general's vital roles 2018-10-17 - State Sen. Kwame Raoul—who, in 2004, took over the role that then-state Sen. Barack Obama vacated when he left for the U.S. Senate—has ...


Gay News

ELECTIONS 2018 Early voting info; election judges needed 2018-10-17 - Early voting for the Nov. 6 general election has started. Currently, early voting is taking place at at 69 W. Washington St. on ...


 



Copyright © 2018 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 

 

 

TRENDINGBREAKINGPHOTOS

Sponsor
Sponsor


 



Sponsor

About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage


About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Subscriptions      Distribution      Windy City Queercast     
Queercast Archives      Advertising  Rates      Deadlines      Advanced Search     
Press  Releases      Event Photos      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Post an Event      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Blogs      Spotlight  Video     
Classifieds      Real Estate      Place a  Classified     

Windy City Media Group produces Windy City Queercast, & publishes Windy City Times,
The Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community,
Nightspots, Out! Resource Guide, and Identity.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.