With five of 31 precincts still vacant during a year when volunteers were coming out of the woodwork, the Grafton Township Republican Central Committee has scheduled a meeting for 6:30 Tuesday evening on November 18, apparently at Image Industries, 11,220 East Main in Huntley.
I say “apparently” because the email notice from new township GOP chairman Tom Poznanski does not mention the location. The subsequent email from Grafton Township Supervisor John Rossi gives the Image Industries location.
As I explained last weekend, township central committees have the option of selecting their township candidates through a vote of the people at a primary election or at a caucus of precinct committeemen.
It is obvious why incumbent township officials would favor no primary election.
A caucus is easier to control that a primary election. In a primary anyone can run.
But, consider this.
What if Grafton Township Republicans hold a closed door caucus and re-nominate the current office holders:
Township Supervisor John Rossi
Township Assessor William T. Ottley
Township Road CommissionerJack Freund
Township Clerk Dina Frigo
So the incumbents make it onto the April ballot.
What if the Democrats are willing to play the “Party of the People” card and schedule a primary election to select their candidates?
To the best of my knowledge, the Democrats have never run candidates for Grafton Township office. Until four years ago, neither had Republicans.
Instead there was an amalgam ticket on a “for this election only” party label.
I haven’t seen township election totals yet, but Grafton Township Democrats may have carried the day with all the door knocking for newly-elected McHenry County Board member Paula Yensen.
If they are sufficiently encouraged, they might decide to run people.
And, if they are smart—and they were certainly smart enough to elected Yensen—they might just hold an open primary and point out that the Republicans held a closed caucus…again, assuming the township GOP does so.
The Dems could even be bold encourage to enough candidates to make a primary election interesting. After all, they might win and these jobs do pay money.
That would lead to press coverage for the Democrats and none for the GOP, except that its candidates were selected in a party caucus.
Can’t you see the Democrats running an April campaign as “the party that lets the people participate?”
It could be a traditional campaign against the Good Ol’ Boys, even though they are only one-term deep.
It’s not as if the Grafton Township Republicans haven’t accomplished anything. The township’s real estate assessments are the most accurate in McHenry County. The township assessor has developed a comprehensive bus service for seniors. He runs a food pantry. I have heard no complaints about the township roads.
But the GOP could be vulnerable on the caucus issue, if they don’t hold a primary election and if the Dems are up to exploiting it.
The source documents follow, first the email from Township Chairman Tom Poznanski:
Mark your calendars
We will be having a meeting on Tues. November 18 at 7:00 P.M. sharp. In attendance will be our Republican Slate for the Grafton Township Elections. Bring your Questions and suggestion to have a no holds bard election results. We need to WIN all 8 Seats anything less just won’t do.
Executive Board will meet at 6:30 along with the Grafton Slate.
See you there
Next the one from Township Supervisor John Rossi:
To the Grafton Township Central Committee:
On Tuesday November 18th I will attend the central committee meeting with the other Grafton Township Elected Officials. As you are aware the local elections are right around the corner in April and I am pleased to report that our Republican Slate will remain together as candidates in 2009. I won’t be wearing any wrestling gear so I’m’ not sure about the no holds bard comment but I will be prepared to give you an understanding of where Township Government has come under our leadership. I will enjoy the opportunity to speak with all of you and share ideas on the efforts to coordinate between our campaign and the Central Committee.
11220 E. Main St.
Meeting Time: 7:00pm.
Here are the Grafton Township Republican precinct committeemen, as shown on the McHenry County Republican web site:
- GRA1 (A) Mike Skala email@example.com 10612 Michael Street Huntley
- GRA2 J S “Scott” Breeden firstname.lastname@example.org 220 Richmond Lane CL
- GRA3 (A) Howie Christensen email@example.com 1132 North Shore Drive CL
- GRA4 (A) Eric Ruth firstname.lastname@example.org 12415 North Lakeview Huntley
- GRA5 (A) Brett Leiffer email@example.com 98 S Heather CL
- GRA6 Harriet Ford firstname.lastname@example.org 9301 Loch Glen Drive CL
- GRA7 Frederick W Wickham email@example.com 811 Blue Mound CL
- GRA8 Gary DiRenzo firstname.lastname@example.org 1815 Kings Gate Lane CL
- GRA9 VACANT
- GRA10 (A) Gary Overbay email@example.com 1625 Flagstone Drive CL
- GRA11 (A) Blake Hobson firstname.lastname@example.org 7370 Longmoor Lakewood
- GRA12 (A) John Rossi email@example.com 10124 Compton Drive Huntley
- GRA13 Eugene Goeglein firstname.lastname@example.org 3825 Peartree Drive LITH
- GRA14 (A) Robert Kunz email@example.com 5431 Crossview LITH
- GRA15 Daniel Ryan firstname.lastname@example.org. 12849 Deer Meadow Huntley
- GRA16 VACANT
- GRA17 (A) Rob LaPorta email@example.com 641 Goldenrod Drive Alg
- GRA18 (A) William Henninger firstname.lastname@example.org 729 White Pines Circle LITH
- GRA19 Samuel F Paglini email@example.com 2871 Cadbury Circle LITH
- GRA20 Glenn Schmeltzer firstname.lastname@example.org 2911 Hillsboro Lane LITH
- GRA21 (A) Rich Ford email@example.com 9301 Loch Glen Drive CL
- GRA22 VACANT
- GRA23 Joseph R Williams, Sr. firstname.lastname@example.org 10709 Nantucket Lane Huntley GRA24 Scott Dornhecker email@example.com 10049 Thorton Way Huntley
- GRA25 VACANT
- GRA26 Linda I Moore firstname.lastname@example.org 13718 Harmony Road Huntley
- GRA27 (A) Joe Holtorf email@example.com 12065 Barton Avenue Huntley
- GRA28 Tom Poznanski firstname.lastname@example.org 360 Warwick Lane LITH
- GRA29 VACANT
- GRA30 (A) Robert Vorisek email@example.com 1610 Broadway CL
- GRA31 (A) Ryan Farrell 1582 Dogwood CL
The “A” in parentheses means the person did not run for the office, but was, instead, appointed.
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The map is from City Data. I am pretty sure of the township’s eastern boundary, because Meridian Street (Gate 11, Gate 12), where we live is the boundary. I am less sure of the western boundary. I cropped the map which the web site displayed because it clearly contained the western part of Algonquin Township. You will notice that the map does not show Lake in the Hills extending as far west as it does.