GOP Airport Fundraiser Successful

At the first Lake in the Hills Airport hanger fundraiser, newly-elected McHenry County Republican Chairman Sandra Salgado featured State Treasurer Judy Baar Topinka in one of her last public appearances.

This year, Salgado eschewed big names and asked her brother Joe to speak.

Joe Salgado

Joe Salgado

The event was held on September 11th, a day that changed her brother’s life.

He was at West Point at the time.

Two years later at the end his senior year, it was time to select what part of the Army he would select.

He knew his roommate was going to opt for the infantry.

On the way down to where the decision would be made he was thinking about signing up for communications.

But, then, his obligation to serve with his best friends, who were going infantry overwhelmed his tentative choice.

And he ended up in Afghanistan.

He left the Armed Forces as a Captain.

I should have been taking notes because he talk was quite inspiring and nothing like the typical fare served up at political fundraisers.

All elected countywide officials attended the fundrais

All elected countywide officials attended the fundraiser. ¬†McHenry County State’s Attorney Lou Bianchi can be seen here.

The crowd’s attention was rapt.

GOP Airport 2015 crowd 2 Schneider

State Republican Party Chairman Tim Schneider can be seen to the left of Rich Carter, State Comptroller Leslie Munger’s media guy. In the background you can see Steve Reick, who ran against Democrat Jack Franks last year.

In addition to Salgado, State Republican Party Chairman Tim Schneider also addressed the audience.

Unfortunately, I forgot to bring my camera, so had to return home to get it.

That means I missed a lot of shots that I’d ordinarily post.

Paul Serwatka and Dan Wilbrandt, candidates to replace Mike Tryon, stepped outside to have a little chat.

Paul Serwatka and Dan Wilbrandt, candidates to replace Mike Tryon, stepped outside to have a little chat.

All four candidates for the Republican nomination for State Rep. Mike Tryon’s seat were in attendance.

14th Congressional District GOP State Central Committeeman Stanton Bond was seen talking to State Rep. aspirant Allen Skillikorn

14th Congressional District GOP State Central Committeeman Stanton Bond was seen talking to State Rep. aspirant Allen Skillikorn

Carolyn Schofield left before I caught a good photo of her.

Both candidates for Circuit Court Judge, James Cowlin and Demetri Tsilimingras, were there.

Both candidates for McHenry County Board, Joe Gottemoller and Mike Walkup, were courting support.

The three candidates for McHenry County Recorder of Deeds–Tina Hill, Joni Smith and Joe Tirio–circulated.

$15,000 was raised at the fundraiser, according to Sandra Salgado.


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