11:24 AM AKDT, March 12, 2013
I only met Dawn Clark Netsch once — opening day at Chicago White Sox’s newly-built stadium as I stood in premium club area adjacent to private enclosed section where political illuminati were.
Periodically, a few dignitaries emerged from their protective seated enclosure to view the game in the adjoining area to experience intemperate chilling cold weather and swirling winds of an early spring day.
I still have a commemorative ticket stud encased in a plastic transparent holder. I accompanied a close female friend there who was a Chicago alderwoman. I spoke briefly to Mayor Richard M. Daley's press secretary before initiating conversation with Democratic gubernatorial candidate Netsch, a soft spoken and unassuming person who talked freely about her upcoming autumn election.
I recalled her saying she'd stood aside once before for Illinois State Comptroller Roland Burris for the position he presently occupied, but age was now a prohibitive factor for her party's endorsement for governor because four years hence she would be much older, so it was now or never for her.
There was gentleness in her articulated words accompanied by a grandmother pleasant aura emanating sincerity and honesty along with warm and familiar and congenital mystique. I voted for her in the fall election though she wasn't victorious, and I still have my Sox ticket stub encased in plastic holder received on that festive day.
When I turned and looked behind me, my alderwoman friend was having conversation with the now deceased former alderman and mayor Eugene Sawyer.
Illinois has never elected a female governor, and Dawn Clark will be remembered for her first historical run. The state will inevitably have a woman in that position, and I'm betting on sooner rather than later.
— Ballard J. Powell, Chicago