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To the editors,

Christopher Hayes's article ["Running on Water," October 28] found Debra Shore's campaign to be based on optimism and generosity. But it's not a naive optimism. Hayes's last paragraph says, "Despite Shore's focus on ideas and issues, the campaign isn't likely to be decided by them." No, it isn't. Shore's campaign focuses on an old-fashioned search for active supporters and pulling together constituencies. The right has been able to rule this country at the national level for some time on the basis of uniting some unlikely minorities: the antiabortion folks, the pro-military-adventure folks, people afraid of expanding opportunities to minorities, and the superrich.

The Democrats have run Cook County based on a coalition based on organized labor, less-affluent ethnic groups (including eastern Europeans, Afro and Latino ethnics), with occasional additions of lakefront good-government and expertise folks, who end up contributing quite a bit to the "city that works" part of Chicago. Shore fits very well into this kind of coalition. In my experience with her, Shore can work with everyone--including the establishment and the experts. If she wins a seat on the Water Reclamation District, not only will our water be cleaner, but she'll also demonstrate that generous and optimistic coalitions can win.

Stephen Packard



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