Sandra Salgado Heads New McHenry County Republican Party Leadership Team

Temporary Chairman Tom Zanck swears in Sandra Salgado as new Chairman of the McHenry County GOP Central Committee/

Temporary Chairman Tom Zanck swears in Sandra Salgado as new Chairman of the McHenry County GOP Central Committee/

The vote was 12,153 to 8,703 in the contest between McHenry County Board member Sandra Salgado and Mark Daniel, Vice Chairman of the Republican Central Committee and Chairman of Nunda Township’s Central Committee.

A victory margin of 3,450 votes.

(Each elected GOP Committeeman is allowed to cast the number of Republican votes cast in last month’s primary election.)

After the vote totals were announced, the winners gathered at the front of the room to be sworn into office. From left to right are Secretary Diane Evertsen, Vice Chairman Andrew Gasser, Chairman Sandra Salgado and Treasurer Chuck Wheeler.

After the vote totals were announced, the winners gathered at the front of the room to be sworn into office.
From left to right are Secretary Diane Evertsen, Vice Chairman Andrew Gasser, Chairman Sandra Salgado and Treasurer Chuck Wheeler.

This is the first time in over fifty years that an outsider has captured control of the local Republican Party.

Andrew Gasser was the numbers guy for the winning coalition.  He was predicting victory prior to the announcement of the vote.

Andrew Gasser was the numbers guy for the winning coalition. He was predicting victory prior to the announcement of the vote.

She will succeed State Rep. Mike Tryon, who decided not to run again and endorsed Daniel.

Salgado’s coalition was largely behind Bill Prim for Sheriff in his race against Andy Zinke.

State’s Attorney Lou Bianchi, not a Precinct Committeeman, was at the event, as was Prim.

The vote was presauged by Monday’s Algonquin Township Republican Central Committee results when the only roll call resulted in first-time Precinct Committeeman Chris Yaeger bested long-time Committeeman and Vice Chairman Tom McDermott by almost a 2-1 margin (a 1,329 vote margin).

The room at d'Andrea's was packed.  On the front row were the Establishment candidates, Carolyn Schofield, John Jung, Glenda Miller and Mark Daniel.

The room at d’Andrea’s was packed. On the front row were the Establishment candidates, Carolyn Schofield, John Jung, Glenda Miller and Mark Daniel.

There was a three-way race for Vice Chairman.  The results follow:

  • Andrew Gasser – 11,392
  • John Jung – 6,958
  • Mike Shorten – 2,104
Incoming Chairman Sandra Salgado talks to outgoing Chairman Mike Tryon before the convention.

Incoming Chairman Sandra Salgado talked to outgoing Chairman Mike Tryon before the convention.

The Treasurer’s race was between newly-nominate District 4 County Board candidate Chuck Wheeler the party’s nominee for County Treasurer, Glenda Miller.

Wheeler won by a vote of 10,588 to 9,866.

For Secretary, County Board members Diane Evertsen and Carolyn Schofield faced off.

Evertsen got 12,184, while Schofield received 8,270.

Also decided were GOP officers for Nunda and McHenry Townships.

Newly-elected McHenry Township GOP Committeeman talked with Sandra Salgado before the count was announced.

Newly-elected McHenry Township GOP Committeeman talked with Sandra Salgado before the count was announced.

In McHenry Township, the new officers are

  • Steve Rooney, Chairman
  • Steven Robert Verr, Vice Chairman
  • Erik Sivertsen, Treasurer
  • Sue Draffkorn

The victory margins were about 2-1.

The new Nunda Township officers are

  • Mike Shorten, Chairman
  • Lee Jennings, Vice Chairman
  • Kate Williams, Treasurer
  • Cherie Haselgruber, Secretary
Grafton Township GOP Committeemen Marty Waitzman, Tom Poznanski, Paul Serwaka and Matt McNamara conversed during the meeting.  Poznanski desires to continue as Township Chairman.  Serwaka also wants the position.

Grafton Township GOP Committeemen Marty Waitzman, Tom Poznanski, Paul Serwatka and Matt McNamara conversed during the meeting. Poznanski desires to continue as Township Chairman. Serwatka also wants the position.

Grafton Township did not select officers.

Neither did what has been called the “Under Ten.”  Currently not sanctioned in the Central Committee’s by-laws, the smaller townships–Alden, Burton, Chemung, Coral, Dunham, Greenwood, Hartland, Hebron, Marengo, Richmond and Seneca–have informally organized during the last two years.

A view of the Convention from the northwest side of the room.

A view of the Convention from the northwest side of the room.

In Dorr Township, John Jung was selected Chairman and Tina Hill Vice Chairwoman.


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Sandra Salgado Heads New McHenry County Republican Party Leadership Team — 26 Comments

  1. Thank you Cal!

    Next battle: Devious Franks.

    We will find out soon if the establishment GOP candidates are honest Republicans or simply RINOs.

  2. Let us hope all those who claim to be Republicans remember the sage advice of Paul:

    ” “When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.””

  3. Congratulations to the winning McHenry County Republican leadership team.

    You definitely earned it.

  4. Wow !

    McHenry County residents have really decided they had enough, voting out Zinke (Nygren), replacing with a true honest experienced leader Mr. Bill Prim.

    And now this, .

    Wow oh wow. …

    McHenry County has now taken the step to rid the cancer out of this county .

    Congrat’s to you all.

  5. When you think of it, what a DISASTER for Keith Nygren.

    Prior to 2010 he was the most powerful and popular political figure in McHenry County….by FAR.

    Then, he got too proud.

    He decided he wanted more power, and the power to control the States Attorney’s office.

    So, along with his sycophantic political/law enforcement allies (Graham, Lowery, Zinke, Linder), he concocts a political plan to destroy Bianchi and take along with him some of Bianchi’s conservative allies.

    At this stage, Nygren thinks he’ll have total control of the political machine and he’ll anoint his successor.

    His plan miserably failed.

    Despite every attempt by the press to support the witch hunt, Nygren’s plan ended up in total digrace

  6. The newly elected Republican Central Committee represents civility, respect, and a mission to EARN the public’s trust and respect.

    No more thug mentality of the past.

    Thank you all for taking this on; I’m sure the path hasn’t been easy.

  7. Now what is Nygren and his pals left with:

    Nygren is leaving in disgrace and everyone hates him.

    Lowery was run out of Crystal Lake and is a loser Chief in a dumpy town loaded with criminals.

    Linder was forced to retire.

    Zinke is looking for a job.

    This is a legacy of failure.

    Now the political allies of Nygren and his “network” are now voted out.

    What a failed cout d’etat. It’s a facinating epic failed politica story.

    Will Kevin Craver and Robert McCoppin write about it?

    Don’t hold your breath.

  8. Congratulations to Sandra, Andrew, Chuck, and Diane!

    Now, we need to work on mending fences, whether we are “Establishment Republicans,” “Reform-Minded Republicans,” or “Middle-of-the-Road Republicans”… at the end of the day we are all REPUBLICANS with the same goals of working for lower taxes, smaller government, and revitalizing economic opportunities in McHenry County and the State of Illinois.

    We need to remember to thank Mike Tryon, Mark Daniel, Fred Wickham, Glenda Miller, Geri Davis, and those who have come before for their contributions to the Republican Party.

    Snarky comments and snide remarks do not build the party, we ALL need to work together if we are going to be successful in strengthening the Republican Party in McHenry County.

    God bless the new leadership team of the McHenry County GOP and God bless the United States of America!

  9. Wonderful outcome, people trying to bring honesty and integrity have won!

  10. John,

    Very well said!

    We need to work to build a party based on the common values that we all hold dear.

    We have more in common than we have differences.

    I do believe that this process was necessary to bring about positive change in McHenry County.

    However, it is time for us work together.

    Last night was a tough night for people on all sides.

    I personally appreciated all of the people who conducted themselves with class and dignity at last night’s meeting.

    Christina Myers

  11. John, you are right, but please do not blame the people who have been hurt, lied to, and ignored by these people (except Fred), when we just wanted to get involved and help build the party!

    It was very obvious that they did not want any new people, with fresh ideas that were ready and willing to work hard.

    You do remember, John, what little, or no help you got when you ran against Jack Franks, and you know that they do not want anyone running against Franks.

    It was people like the ones who just won who supported you & pounded the pavement for you. It was not the old guard GOP of McHenry County.

  12. My sentiments exaclty, John. One thing we should not be afraid to do though is call out those who say the are Republicans, but donate money to democrats.

    Those individuals need to be rooted out or we will have no credibility.

    Also, while welcoming debate and differing viewpoints is what we’re all about, no one should compromise their conservative principles in order to appear “big tent”.

  13. Shawn, watch out for that “big tent”, that could be what Duncan was commenting about . . . a Circus!!

    As John and you both know, there will be those lurking around.

  14. Yes, John, blame — you are calling out and blaming those who have said negative things against the “Republicans” in this county who have caused so many problems.

    It is what it is.

    We need to expose the truth, and then move on.

  15. ProudCONSERVATIVE: I re-reaud my and I don’t see any “blame.”

    I’m sorry if you see blame but I cannot find it.

    What I did find was a request for civility and and opportunity for the former team to move on with dignity.

    We have our work cut out for us in building the Republican Party in McHenry County which will be a coalition of Conservative, Moderate, and Liberal Republicans.

    Rather than casting blame, I hope to encourage my fellow Republicans to keep our powder dry until November when we will have the real battle on our hands.

    And yes, I do remember who my supporters are; many of them have been elected to the McHenry County AND McHenry Township Central Committes.

  16. Please excuse the spelling errors, I am using my phone and it is difficult to review & correct on my OLD phone.

  17. Will John O’Neill please wake up!

    Your ‘Big tent’ pipe-dreams make me laugh …….

    ‘Big tent’ Replicrudism more like ‘Psycho-Circus’ ……

    the entire problem with the Republirat Party is that it jettisoned its conservatism and tried to be what Mark Kirk is …. everything to everbody …. but in reality, a gigantic fraud.

    Well, ordinary people are wakin’ up and they are also fed up with the fat cat phonies and RINOs.

    Is O’Neill expecting a nice pat on his head from the human-ticks who’ve sucked McHenry Co. dry for, lo, this many years.

  18. Hi everyone, it has been awhile since I commented.

    I have a question I am sure someone here would have the answer.

    I was told, but may not be true, that Sandra Salgado Father works for the State’s Attorney’s Office.

    Is this true?

  19. Too bad for poor Geri Davis ….her sweet sinecure just got torched! Geri, there’s a big sale on Kleenex over at Sam’s Club …. go buy a few truckloads …….

    Next target: Jack ‘Janus-Faced’ Franks …….. poor Jacko … he’d be sittin’ on Easy St. right now if he hadn’t jumped ship from the Obama Campaign ……. here’s the background: Herbie ‘Daddy Warbucks’ Franks, w/ baby Franks in tow, hosted a big fundraiser for Obama early on in the 2008 Demo Presidente primary …….. but when the smart money said Madame Clinton would win, Herbie and lil’ Jacko dropped Obama like a 5000F potato ……. had they sttod pat with Barry, er, Barrack, Herbie would now be US Ambassador to Estonia and baby Jack would be a federal judge, instead of misrepresenting us in Springpatch ……. but God works in mysterious ways ……. Jack franks got his start in McHenry Co., so it’s only fitting it crashes and burns there, too.

  20. Thank you so kindly Mr. Skinner for your reply, even though I was afraid that it was true.

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