The Will County Democratic Central Committee recently elected a new chairperson to lead the party.
Nora Gruenberg defeated incumbent chairman Bill Thoman after the elected Democratic precinct committeepersons voted last weekend. Gruenberg said she is the first woman elected to lead the Democratic party in Will County.
Gruenberg said she wants to focus on stepping up the party's outreach to different potential voters through various platforms.
"I felt starting last year that we had a responsibility and a requirement to modernize and really organize and professionalize the party," she said.
Gruenberg added that social media engagement is one area the party needs to improve on. She said she'd like to see the party meet potential new voters "where they are."
As the party transitions to new leadership, Gruenberg complimented her predecessor for being "very collegial" and helpful as she takes over. She said instead of focusing on any critiques she had of his tenure, she wants to focus on bringing the different parts of the party together and reach out to those members who didn't support her.
Looking ahead to the November election, Gruenberg said that although the presidential election takes up a lot of attention, there are several state and local races her fellow Democrats are focusing on. She said she hopes for a repeat of the 2018 midterm election when Democrats were swept into power across all levels of government.
"2018 was the blue wave, and I do believe there will be some echoes of that in 2020," she said.