Lots of Opportunities to Join the Republican Party

In an email I received yesterday, there was a link to a new web site for the McHenry County Republican Party.

It seems to be a cookie cutter site developed by the Illinois Republican State Central Committee and then localized.

One of the features is a listing of those people who have a vote on the Republican Central Committee.

I was astounded at the number of precinct committeemen vacancies. (The official statutory title is “Precinct Committeeman.”)

Here we are a year after the primary election when those who wanted to run for the office could have done so by getting as few as ten signatures and there are lots of vacancies.

Today, let’s take a look at the largest township, Algonquin. Parts of Crystal Lake, Algonquin, Lake in the Hills, Oakwood Hills, Cary, Fox River Grove, Barrington Hills and Lakewood comprise Algonquin Township.

It has 13 vacant Republican precincts.

While one has to live in a precinct to run for the office of Precinct Committeeman, at this point GOP Chairman Mike Tryon can appoint anyone to serve there temporarily.

It has been a tradition here and elsewhere to appoint people to fill the post, but not necessarily for them to do anything.

That is not appropriate with the 2012 elections approaching.

So, if you would be willing to serve as a Precinct Committeeman, drop me an email and I’ll be happy to forward it to Chairman Tryon.

No experience necessary. Just enthusiasm.

Here’s who occupy the posts in Alden and Algonquin Townships now, plus the vacancies:

Click to enlarge this map of Algonquin Township precincts.

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