McHenry County Democratic Party Chair Heads Illinois Democratic County Chairs’ Association

A press release from the Illinois County Chairs’ Association:

President Doug House Resigns; Democratic party Chairs Unanimous in Electing Kristina Zahorik as new leader

McHenry County Chair is first female to serve a President of the statewide Democratic association

SPRINGFIELD, Illinois – Illinois Democratic County Chairs gathered in Springfield on Saturday to not only celebrate the 2018 Blue Wave gains, but also select a new President after Rock Island County Democratic Chair Doug announced his resignation on Wednesday.

“For nearly four years, the IDCCA has trusted me with leading the effort to grow our association’s relevance and impact within the Democratic party, said House.

“I’m proud of the work we’ve done together.

“However, I’ve determined that the level of success we experienced on Election Day gives the IDCCA the opportunity to reinforce what works and recalibrate the focus on party building in new ways.”

In a letter distributed to association members, House explained his passion to build Democratic party strength remains strong, but he has sacrificed his family obligations throughout the process.

“This time away from regular work and family, to which I owe a great deal of repayment for their patience and support, cannot be made up – nor can I extend it,” House said.

Mid-day on Saturday, November 10, Democratic County Chairs gathered to select House’s replacement.

Kristina Zahorik

At the urging of the outgoing President, the association chose McHenry County Democratic Chair Kristina Zahorik.

Zahorik becomes the first female to lead the longstanding Democratic Party group.

“It is an honor to be entrusted with the task of leading continued growth at the IDCCA,” said Zahorik.

“I’m determined to make sure we continue to be an important part of the anatomy of the Democratic Party in Illinois.

“In places where we’ve grown muscle, such as suburban areas, we’ll need constant exercise.

“In regions where we still have electoral aches and pains, we’ll look for new and innovative therapies.

“I’m prepared to do this with an eye toward party unity and partnership.”

In addition to serving as the Democratic Party of McHenry County Chair, Zahorik is also an elected party official, serving as State Central Committeewoman for Illinois’ 14th Congressional District, where Democrat Lauren Underwood was successfully propelled to Congress, eroding the longstanding Republican stronghold.

As a former policy advisor with U.S. Senator Paul Simon, Zahorik has strong familiarity with every region of Illinois.

In the coming weeks, Zahorik plans on highlighting projects that the IDCCA aims to undertake in an effort to maintain and grow Democratic Party strength.

About the IDCCA

The Illinois Democratic County Chairs’ Association (IDCCA) is a statewide, grassroots Democratic Party organization comprised of the elected Democratic County Chairs in all 102 counties in Illinois. The mission of the IDCCA is to help elect Democrats in every county and region of Illinois while continuing to grow the Democratic Party throughout the state. Rock Island County Chair Doug House is the President of the IDCCA.


McHenry County Democratic Party Chair Heads Illinois Democratic County Chairs’ Association — 14 Comments

  1. Yeah, they have a new leader, but you can put lipstick on a pig and it’s still a pig.

  2. I don’t know what that means.

    Democratic Party candidates for Congress won McHenry County.

  3. Cal you ought to know by now: this rabble you oversee just want to attack Democrats.

  4. Re: “Democratic Party candidates for Congress won McHenry County.”

    Due to the efforts of Zahorik and McHenry County Committeemen or due to what a Politician can do with phenomenal amounts of political contributions and weak candidates versus strong ones plus throwing in some questionably immoral / illegal activity?

    As of Oct. 17, Hultgren raised $2,039,078 and Underwood raised $3,957,261; Hultgren spent $1,388,015 while Underwood spent $2,786,072.

    It also appears that the Underwood campaign started in June of 2017 but Hultgren did very little or nothing until September of 2018.

    When Hultgren failed to hold Townhalls due to the intimidation of the ‘Resistance’ rabble, his political goose was half cooked and when he failed to start campaigning until too late, the red popper on his goose popped up.

    In addition, the Democrat candidates made a financial investment in getting people to vote early and absentee. They were aware that the negative ads which come out right before election day would not work in their candidates favor (just look at the results for County Board D-5).

    I think Roskam lost his Republican base due to his negative comments about the current President. While Roskam out spent Casten (Roskam $6,366,044 raised and $5,680,530 spent; Casten $5,319,273 raised and $4,119,996 spent by Oct 17), just like Hultgren, the Roskam campaign was late getting off the ground and the negative ads came out too late.

    A lot of lessons were learned by the Republicans and I would expect the results in 2020 will paint a very different picture especially after the voters find out what a mess they have sent to Springfield (this includes some local Republicans).

    Also of interest is that Tirio (Republican) beat his opponent (Democrat) 62,043 to 51,494 while in the Congressional races, the Republican vote total was only 56,646 versus 59,636 for the Democrats. Tirio started his campaign during 2017.

  5. There’s Joe Blow again, the paranoid poster and defender of a corrupt Democrats everywhere.

  6. Unfortunately Joe, this blog doesn’t have a County Gibberish Desk, or your post would have ended up there.

  7. And Joe, you just want to attack Republicans.

    How about some consistency in your posts.

    You are no better than what you claim is bad.


  8. Oh please. The Bernie people endorsed her opponent, Alison Squires, for State Central Committeewoman.

    Zahorik was a Clinnton delegate, just like Franks, in 2016.

    It could be argued that Zahorik is part of the swamp. She’s been in Democratic politics since Paul Simon was a Senator. He retired over 20 years ago. She’s probably going to do a good job in terms of what they want to accomplish which is to bridge the gap between the progressive koo koos and the machine politic scumbags, and help Democrats in general win. With her living in the 14th and having this position of authority, with J.B. and his money, and Jack Franks being up for election in 2020 Republicans are going to be out of power really fast. I could see every state rep and state senate in the county going Democratic and a majority Democratic county board by 2022. Also, starting in 2022, Illinois will send maybe just 2 or 3 Republicans to Congress (out of 16 or 17).

    Franks won’t lose to a prog. He still has a high favorability rating and tons of money. Even if the greedy teachers unions decide to betray him, he’ll just find some Democrat to throw their hat in the ring and split the anti-Franks vote. Republicans aren’t strategic enough to jump ship and send him packing, plus any legit challenger will be coming from his left. Your only hope of getting Jack out is if Jesse White leaves office and Franks gets the appointment. Besides, McHenry County Jewish groups and McHenry County Democratic Women groups have good relations with each other.

    Here’s another prediction for you: Lauren Underwood will take Dick Durbin’s Senate seat. I’m not saying she will run in 2020. Durbin will run again and she will get his seat after he retires, which will be as soon as Trump is out of office (2020 or 2024). She hits all the checkmarks (black, young, woman) and she could have that seat for 50 years.

  9. Bottom line question for Kristina is does she still support the thug Hillary Clinton who violated many federal laws with her home brew email server? Also, does Kristina support OR NOT the old Democrat establishment personified by Nancy Pelosi, Chuch Schumer and DICK Durbin?

  10. Cal. This stuff about we proving we are not a robot is really very tedious. Can you do something to diminish or get rid of this procedure? How often do we have to prove ourselves?

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