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It seems that voters continue to push back against the ramifications of President Donald Trump’s election with last week’s results. 

With almost 75% of the votes, Lori Lightfoot was elected mayor of Chicago, making history not only as the first black woman to hold the office, but the first LGBTQ person to do so as well. 

Change was also in the air here in Normal, where Stan Nord, Karyn Smith and Kathleen Lorenz won seats in the local election. 

“I think this is a national trend. The incumbents are the ones that got us into the situation that we’re in. In Normal, we have amassed so much debt, so much debt over the short time we started taking on debt. And I think people are now waking up to the fact this is not sustainable, that this is going to come back and bite us with the population shrinking,” Nord said in an interview with the Pantagraph.

Lightfoot had a similar message of change, saying in her acceptance speech that, “We still have faith. We are still determined, and with this mandate for change, now we’re going to take the next steps together. Together, we can and will finally put the interests of our people — all of our people — ahead of the interests of a powerful few.”

Whether it is concerns of government working with private companies here in Normal, or the increasing violence in Chicago, it’s clear that voters want change, and who we had representing us didn’t make that cut. 

The American public is developing a powerful momentum for change, but that power can only go so far. 

The next step in making sure we bring this trend of change to the White House lies within the Democratic Party and whether or not they can bring us together with a strong candidate. 

This is what failed the party the most during the 2016 elections, and many of the key factors that played a part then are starting to appear again now.

Bernie Sanders, arguably one of the biggest causes of the division within the part during the last election, is once again in the running. 

Joe Biden, who has long been the rumored favorite pending his official entry into the race, is now plagued with #MeToo scandals that could complicate that. 

And while there are a few other promising candidates with good policy, there doesn’t seem to be anyone so far that has managed to accumulate the massive following that former President Obama had during his presidential runs. 

These election results show that people are ready for change. 

Hopefully, these newly elected officials can live up to their promises and our expectations, and hopefully, the Democrats can do their part and keep this change going in 2020.

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