There was a Woodstock meeting Wednesday night, the same night the Grafton Township Republican Central Committee organized.
It consisted mainly of the little townships Republican Precinct Committeemen who did not attend the organization meeting called by Michael McCleary and enough other Committeemen to compromise more than 25% of those elected.
In attendance were the following who did not attend last week’s meeting.
- Mark Gummerson, Seneca 1
- Barb Klasen, Greenwood 3, Township Supervisor
- Don Lockhart, Marengo Mayor, elected in Marengo 2
- Pam Palmer, Coral 1, McHenry County Auditor
- Michael Symk, Riley Township Committeeman, appointed in Marengo 3 last term when he was Chairman of the NorWest Townships Republican Central Committee
- Monica Young, Greenwood 7
Chemung 1 Committeeman and GOP nominee for County Treasurer arrived near the end of the meeting.
There were four present who also attended the meeting at which McCleary was elected Chairman of the NorWest Townships Republican Central Committee:
- Bill Matteson – Chemung 2
- Michael McCleary – Greenwood 2, elected Chairman of the organization last week
- William Parker – Dunham Township
- Brian Sager – Greenwood 6, Woodstock Mayor
Last Wednesday, the total attendance was ten before Miller arrived.
Eleven elected Committeemen attended the meeting McCleary called.
The officers elected were
- Michael McCleary, Chairman
- Lori White, Vice Chairman
- Rachel Smith, Secretary
- Mark Shepherd, Treasurer
Discussion ensured over the lack of by-laws, which former Chairman of the organization, appointed by then-County Republican Party Chairman Mike Tryon, said was almost completed, the relevant committee having met six times.
Sager attempted to mediate between the two factions, but was unsuccessful.
Symk said another meeting would be called to elect officers.
Symk was contacted for comment, but did not reply after four hours.
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About 15 hours after I requested input from Symk, he sent the following:
I feel it was a productive meeting with nearly 2/3 of the townships represented.
There was a lot of discussion on
the finalization of bylaws which are mostly completed, yet needing overall input on a few items,
the direction of the NorWests moving forward, as well as
a timeline established as a goal to have a couple meetings in the upcoming weeks and months for both ratification of said bylaws and elections of the newly established organization at that time.