There have been rumblings that the originally McHenry Township-based coalition nurtured by long-time McHenry County Republican Party Chairman Al Jourdan (who first won that post in 1968) is under severe challenge.
One could tell by looking at all the new names who filed for Republican Precinct Committeeman. (See “Many Vacancies for McHenry County Republican Precinct Committeeman.”)
Members of the new coalition recruited almost one hundred to run or re-run for GOP Precinct Committeeman.
From both factions, 134 people filed.
There were a large number of vacancies–78 out of 212.
Of those who filed and were uncontested, it appeared that the coalition supporting State Rep. Mike Tryon, now GOP Chairman and one of the lineal descendents of Jourdan, would not be able to retain control.
That viewpoint was confirmed by the number of write-in candidacies for Precinct Committeeman which are easily identified as connected to the “Establishment.” (Not all can be so identified, however.)
Some were “Establishment” Party members who had gotten used to being appointed by the Party Chairman or, knowing the practice, thought they didn’t need to spend the time gathering ten signatures to get on the ballot.
Proposed replacements for the current McHenry County Republican Party offices follow:
- Sandra Salgado – Chairman
- Andrew Gasser – Vice Chairman
- Diane Evertsen – Secretary
- Charles Wheeler – Treasurer
If elected at the Party Convention, Salgado would become the first female head of the local GOP.