(Chicago, IL) — December 2, 2009. State Rep. Ken Dunkin (D-Chicago) faces doubting voters as he seeks a fifth term.
According to a new poll by Dunkin’s opponent, attorney David Schroeder, Dunkin’s re-elect number among Illinois 5th district voters is only 35%.
In a Facebook posting today, Schroeder wrote: “Dunkin’s lack of visibility and erratic voting record has left voters looking for new leadership. He’s at 35% re-elect!”.
Shroeder is leaking bits and pieces of his poll results throughout the week to his supporters via Facebook. He will issue a complete polling memorandum by the end of the week. At that point, we’ll see, hopefully, where Shroeder stands in a head-to-head against Dunkin.
Meanwhile, Schroeder, who cleared a petion challenge, today officially “announced” his campaign, by personally calling voters and launching 17,000 robo calls to district voters with the announcement.
“This campaign is about giving the people a voice in Springfield for a change. I wanted to speak to the voters directly, and hear directly from them,” said Schroeder.
A former educator and small business owner Schroeder began his political activism as a volunteer for Harold Washington.
In this heavily African-American district, the link to Washington is a useful card for Schroeder to play.
The race’s third candidate, Attorney Gwendolyn Drake, is, like Dunkin, an African-American, and injects an uncertain dynamic into the race by potentially splitting the black vote and creating an opportunity for Schroeder.