Kathryn Potter was a Democratic Party candidate for the McHenry County Board last year.
She also regularly attends Algonquin Township Board meetings.
In short, she is a Democrat who walks the walk.
And, she is not in the Establishment wing of the Democratic Party, because they are supporting JB Pritzker for Governor.
She is a strong supporter of Daniel Biss for the Democratic Party nomination for Governor.
Now, she is disenchanted with the leadership of McHenry County Democratic Central Committee Chairman Mike Bissett.
The dispute became public when one of her friends shouted a question about his ousting twenty-something Algonquin Township Precinct Committeemen to Bissett at the conclusion of the Party’s candidates’ night at MCC the Wednesday before last.
Now a Facebook post by Potter under the headline “Lesson Learned” explains some details:
Identifying herself as “a local progressive,” Potter says that the vote for party leadership is “one of the most effective tools” for change.
To get a vote for party leadership, however, requires one be an elected Precinct Committeeman.
Stimulated by the “purging” of “almost twenty” appointed progressive District 1 Precinct Committeemen, including Potter, she urges fellow progressives to run for the office.
“Tuesday evening, a vote was taken at the home of Michael Bissett, the Chairman of the Democratic Party of McHenry County to remove a fellow progressive and Democratic precinct committeeman, Doug Barber, from his position as District 1 Chair,” Potter wrote on Facebook.
That was because Barber refused to resign.
She cites the reasons for the resignation refusal were “personality conflicts and trust issues.”
“Our party constitution prescribes the method of removal for a District Chair as a vote taken at a meeting of the precinct committeemen of the district,” Potter reports an email from County Democratic Central Committee Chairman Bissett says..
But rather than having a vote of those on the District 1 Central Committee, Bissett removed appointed Precinct Committeeman in order “to secure a desirable outcome without resistance.”
That occurred, she writes.
Potter said Bissett had “plenty of time to see the error in his ways, right his wrong, and allow for a more transparent and democratic process to prevail.”
She bemoans the loss of “vital and dedicated PCs,” plus the “undemocratic” nature of the process.
She tells of asking the Chairman to re-appoint her as a Precinct Committeeman, but getting no response.
“While the Democratic Party calls for UNITY,” Potter continues, “it is an accumulation of actions such as this of our own Chairman that reinforces many negative perceptions and stereotypes about the Democratic Party.”
“Should I quietly allow this mockery of the Democratic process to happen only because it is Democrats behaving badly this time and not Republicans?” she asks.
Potter then asks progressives to “prevent these abuses of power in the future” by running for Precinct Committeeman.
She points out that a party chairman cannot remove an elected Precinct Committeeman.
“We have the power to stand up to the establishment,” Potten concludes.
“Dissent is patriotic, and as always, it’s good for the party.”
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Looking at the very few people who have run for Democratic Party Precinct Committeeman in McHenry County, I have joked that it would not take much effort to take over the party.
After reading what Potter has written, I would not be surprised if a new Chairwoman were not heading local Democrats after the next Party convention.