Second Candidate Appears to Replace Sullivan

A press release from the Lake County Right to Life:

Illinois House District 51 Needs a Consistent Conservative to Deliver on Rauner’s Pro-Growth Agenda 

Hawthorn Woods resident and nonprofit executive Dan McConchie announcedThursday, August 24, 2015, that he is seeking the Republican nomination for state representative in Illinois House District 51.

A 20-year resident of Lake and northern Cook County, McConchie has spent his career working in nonprofits as an advocate for the weak and vulnerable, both at the beginning and end of life. As a national expert on state legislation, he has committed to bringing his experience in legislative strategy, marketing, coalition building and grassroots advocacy to furthering Governor Rauner’s pro-growth agenda in Springfield.

Ed Sullivan

Ed Sullivan

The current officeholder is Ed Sullivan, Jr., a seven-term incumbent who also holds the position of Fremont Township assessor – a full-time job.

Dan McConchie

Dan McConchie

“The incumbent has had both fists in taxpayer’s pocket for too long,” McConchie said. “What has Ed Sullivan put his mark on other than enriching himself at taxpayer’s expense?

“He takes two government salaries simultaneously, and is in two different pension funds.

“Residents call him the most unresponsive public official they know.

“It’s time for a consistent conservative to truly  represent the 51st district; a representative who lives out the conservative principles they claim to hold.”

“I will be a strong advocate in helping Governor Rauner bring back Illinois by reigning in spending, growing the State’s economy and putting the politicians on notice that the old way of doing business is over,” continuedMcConchie”.

McConchie noted that Springfield power brokers fear he will upset the apple cart and challenge the status quo….

“I was visited by a member of House leadership who told me, ‘Wait your turn’.

“I don’t think it’s up to the Springfield elite to make the decision for the voters of the 51st district. Bruce Rauner ran to be Governor not because he was a career politician, but because he cared about the people of Illinois. Like Rauner, I will be a representative who puts their interests first,” McConchie stated.

Illinois’ 51st district is in the northwest Chicago suburbs and includes Barrington, Deer Park, Green Oaks, Hawthorn Woods, Kildeer, Lake Zurich, Libertyville, Long Grove, Mundelein, and Vernon Hills.

Dan McConchie will be holding a campaign launch rally in the 51st district at the home of former Congressman and radio personality Joe Walsh on Saturday, August 29 at 4pm.YOU ARE ALL ARE INVITED!

You can follow Dan McConchie on Twitter

@DanMcConchie or on Facebook at

You can reach his campaign by calling 847-796-0395 – or emailing
[email protected]


Second Candidate Appears to Replace Sullivan — 6 Comments

  1. Will McConchie and Sauer split the vote and give the election to Sullivan?

  2. **Will McConchie and Sauer split the vote and give the election to Sullivan?**

    Ummm… keep up.

    Sullivan isn’t running, and has endorsed Sauer.

  3. Here is a map of the current Representative District 51 (district maps change every 10 years as a result of the census).


    Ed Sullivan Jr is an Assistant Republican Leader in the Illinois House of Representatives in the 99th General Assembly.


    Ed Sullivan Jr. Illinois House District 51 election history

    November 4, 2014 General Election: unopposed.

    March 18, 2014 Primary Election: defeated Bob Bednar, 58.9% (7,184) to 41.1% (5,018 votes).

    November 6, 2012 General Election: unopposed.

    March 20, 2012 General Primary Election: unopposed.

    November 2, 2010 General Election: defeated Steve Reiss 69.1% (26,777) to 30.9% (12,002 votes).

    February 2, 2010 General Primary Election: unopposed

    November 4, 2008 General Election: defeated Amanda Howland 31,261 to 34,335 votes.

    February 5, 2008 General Primary Election: unopposed.

    November 7, 2006 General Election: defeated Amanda Howland 20,335 to 14,744 votes.

    March 21, 2006 General Primary Election: unopposed

    November 2, 2004 General Election: defeated Nancy Shepherdson 28,486 to 20,047 votes

    March 16, 2004 General Primary Election: unopposed.

    November 5, 2002 General Election: defeated Nancy Shepherdson 20,749 votes to 10,822 votes.

    March 19, 2002 General Primary Election: defeated Marilyn Sindles 8,362 to 6,549 votes.

    Source: Illinois State Board of Elections, Downloadable Vote Totals

  4. I see the liberals in the Republican Party have decided who the next “good ol boy” joining the club is going to be.

    Sauer is nothing more than just another one of the lackies that blindly follow.

    He is NOT a conservative.

    If you need proof, please notice that his first endorsement came from Aaron Lawlor.

    As you may recall, Lawlor got his start in politics when he got appointed to the Lake County Board at the insistence of Mark Kirk.

    Need I say more?

  5. How can a career tincupper, whose job was to extract larger amounts of Taxpayers’ money possiblely help the governor balance the budget. McConchie equals Tax Increases.

    He knows no other way.

  6. And no one Questions Rauner’s appointment of Sullivan to a position he has no experience with..

    And the guy is a double dipper in tax payer funds?

    Holding two full time tax payer funded job’s and Rauner or other GOP’s don’t question this…

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