Part 1 of how McHenry County Sheriff might be trying to put his newly-appointed Undersheriff Andy Zinke in as his replacement appeared Wednesday.
If the strategy described Wednesday worked, Zinke would probably run unopposed in the March 20th Republican primary.
And, if opposed, Zinke would have a fund raising advantage because he started in September.
The second way that Nygren could try to install Zinke as his replacement isn’t as elegant as the first, but it is still a possibility.
Now, let’s go the third scenario:
Sheriff Keith Nygren decides to resign after it is too late to allow candidates to be voted upon by the electorate at the March 20th primary election.
But there’s still time for party leaders to put candidates on the fall 2012 ballot.
So, how does that happen?
By a vote of the Republican and Democratic Party Precinct Committeemen.
Whether that would be before the two party chairmen appoint people to fill vacancies or not is probably up to the person elected chairman. So far, no one has surfaced who wants the job, so let’s assume the GOP Chairman elected by the elected GOP Precinct Committeemen continue to vote for a willing State Rep. Mike Tryon.
If Nygren resigns before the organization meeting, Tryon could entertain a motion to place someone on the fall ballot or there could be a motion to hold an election–presumably based on the weighted vote of each committeeman, that is, the number of GOP votes cast in each precinct would be the number cast by the elected committeeman.
Or Tryon could appoint people to vacancies in precincts–40.6% of all McHenry County precincts had no one running for GOP Precinct Committeeman in 2010–and hold perform the selection process afterward.
That would almost guarantee Tryon’s choice being on the ballot.
So, will those who wish to run be trying to recruit Precinct Committeeman candidates who will vote to put them on the ballot, just in case Nygren decides to exercise this option on the way out?
And, if so, what precincts should they target?
Take a look at this list of Republican Precinct Committeemen.
The ones where someone who thinks this scenario may play out would be those with no current Precinct Committeeman, plus those with appointed Precinct Committeemen.
Plenty of times appointed Precinct Committeemen do not live in the precincts where they serve. They don’t have to, of course, but only people who live in a precinct can be on the ballot, assuming someone is willing to challenge a petition of an interloper.
No way to know which strategy Nygren will adopt, but if it’s this one, supporters of potential candidates for Sheriff should be recruiting candidates for the precinct posts now. That’s because petitions have to be filed from Nov. 28th through December 5th.