A proven commitment to a better body politic. Since first volunteering as a teen for Ab Mikva in 1976, Jeff has worked for countless causes and candidates in Illinois and elsewhere, usually backing candidates with the greatest commitment to meaningful change. Jeff's early leadership included roles as campaign manager for the first president of the Citizens Utility Board, Illinois state coordinator for a presidential campaign, area chair for Paul Simon's U.S. Senate campaign, an organizer for Chicago mayor Harold Washington, and a term as state committeeman for the 9th Congressional District. Jeff has supported many other candidates, from the federal to the local level, in humbler roles: strategy, messaging, and even graphic design for Lorraine Morton in 1993 and 2005; travel to five states for Barack Obama, including voter protection work in Missouri (2008) and Ohio (2012); knocking on doors in Skokie for Daniel Biss, in Chicago for Jesus "Chuy" Garcia, and in Evanston for Bernie Sanders in 2016, to name just a few.
A former lecturer in an Election Law course he developed at Loyola U., Jeff has written persuasively on topics related to better government and fairer elections, including essays on tax increment financing, fund sweeps, gerrymandering, the timing of primary elections, and campaign financing. He has participated in several lawsuits, attempting to uphold the integrity of elections. With law school classmates, he joined in public criticism of the United States Attorney General for unethical legal counsel relating to torture during the Bush administration.
Jeff served several terms on the board of the Independent Voters of Illinois-Independent Precinct Organization (IVI-IPO) and has contributed to groups that work on political reform, such as Common Cause and the Better Government Association.
Evanston values fair process. Jeff Smith as mayor would be a good fit.