Susan Garrett will have represented the 29th state Senate district for 10 years when she retires in 2013. As a Democrat, she appealed to the independents who populate the North Shore -- more interested in solutions than in party, able to work across the aisle and very visible in her district.
Garrett endorses West Deerfield Township Supervisor Julie Morrison to succeed her, and we endorse Morrison in the Democratic primary. Morrison rightly says jobs are the biggest issue, for the 29th as well as the state. As township supervisor, she is the general assistance officer, speaking to people in need one on one. To her, the changing demographics aren't just statistics, but have a face and a story. A former Republican, who was Congressman John Porter's field director, Morrison was elected supervisor four times, as both Republican and Democrat. We believe she would continue Garrett's habit of reaching across the aisle to get things done. Milton Sumption, a business consultant from Lake Bluff, brings a lot to the table and has essentially the same positions as Morrison, but hasn't garnered the support he needs to be a serious primary candidate. The winner will face Republican Lake Forest pediatrician Dr. Arie Friedman in November. The 29th District covers much of eastern Lake County from North Chicago to Highland Park, sweeping southwest to take in portions of Mount Prospect, Buffalo Grove and Arlington Heights.