Here is an election letter from Algonquin Township Trustee Rachael Lawrence. She sent it to Algonquin 3, where she serves as an appointed GOP Precinct Committeeman as well as to Algonquin 21 where she is running unopposed for the position.
Algonquin Township Republican Precinct Committeeman | [email protected]
March 10th, 2018
The Republican primary election is rapidly approaching on March 20th, and early voting is already underway!
As a committee member of the Algonquin Township Republican Party, it’s my job to research all candidates, provide information, and make recommendations based upon who I believe are most qualified, capable, and best represent our Republican values.
With all the negative ads, it can take time and research to determine fact from fiction.
After much research and deliberation, here are my recommendations of who deserves your voting consideration and why:
JEANNE IVES— for Governor: A Representative in the Illinois House, West Point grad, mother to five, and conservative, she has proven herself an incredibly intelligent and insightful legislator. Not only are the attacks against her demonstrably false, she has proven that she is more capable than Rauner of battling the Madigan machine. I endorse her because of her background in economics (she also refused pension), and her respect for the rule of law, servicemembers, as well as the unborn. Her strong backbone and incorruptible nature will serve the Illinois people best, not only as Governor, but the first female Governor of Illinois.
GARY GRASSO— for Attorney General: A DuPage County Board Member, former Mayor, experienced litigation attorney for 39 years, and firm corruption-fighter, he has proven he is clearly more qualified than his opponent in both public service as well as legal ability. This position in particular requires a tenacious personality with the courage to take on our state’s corruption without any hesitancy. His opponent has never held any public office, is not even a practicing attorney, and was witnessed saying she’d choose an abusive heterosexual couple over a caring homosexual couple for foster-care placement. The contrast in candidates is clear. Grasso is best for combating Illinois’s corruption.
JOE TIRIO—for County Clerk: Currently the County Recorder and local business owner, Joe Tirio has been lauded by both sides of the aisle for campaigning on—and keeping—his promises. Not only did he lead the effort to merge the Recorder and Clerk’s offices, he even reduced costs and increased efficiency during his tenure. In contrast, his opponent filed for bankruptcy the very same day she filed her candidacy due to video gaming losses; court documents reflect that she also “misappropriated” money that did not belong to her. This is an obvious choice.
DEMETRI PETE TSILIMIGRAS—Judge, 22nd Judicial Circuit: As a 20-year Assistant State’s Attorney in multiple counties and two states, Adjunct Professor at McHenry County College, and original member of the task force creating programs which revolutionized the legal system for deserving, nonviolent first-offenders here in McHenry County, Demetri’s legal expertise is unparalleled. He is the only candidate who achieved Capital Litigation Certification in his career. His three opponents include a federally-sanctioned non-practicing attorney, a sitting judge who was un-elected (appointed), and a local DUI attorney who appears to boast on his webpage about escaping consequences for his clients’ DUI, domestic violence, and traffic-related charges. In researching all of the candidates thoroughly, I formed the opinion that, not only is Demetri the candidate with the largest breadth of legal experience, he also possesses the highest moral character—which is vital for any Judge. I am so thoroughly convinced of Demetri’s exemplary ethics, I even volunteered for his campaign in order to help ensure an honest, ethical, and fair McHenry County Judiciary.
ADDITIONAL PROPOSITIONS, OR REFERENDA:
Although this is an advisory, or “non-binding” referendum, voting YES will still send a clear message to the school districts (which account for roughly 70% of our annual property tax bills) that we demand more efficient use of our tax-dollars.
This is a BINDING referendum, which, when passed, will merge the offices of County Recorder and Clerk. Joe Tirio led the effort to consolidate, which will increase efficiency and reduce costs. Voting YES will merge the offices effective December, 2020.
If you need help locating your polling place, gathering more information about any candidate, or simply would like to become more involved with the Republican Party, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me!