Effort to Put Tonya Franklin on the Ballot against “Chainsaw Jack” Franks Seeks Special McHenry County GOP Central Committee Meeting
Having watched or been a part of the McHenry County Republican Party since 1966, I’ve never seen something like what you see below.
It is an effort by a Republican Precinct Committeeman to get a special meeting of the Central Committee.
The author of the letter won a write-in campaign in Fox River Grove and has been trying to get people on the ballot to run against Democrats throughout the state. She has told me that no where has she met as much resistance as in McHenry County.
In any event, here’s the email that came this morning:
URGENT – DEFEAT JACK FRANKS – WE NEED YOUR EMAIL RESPONSE TODAY
There has been an effort for several weeks to appoint Republican Tonya Franklin to run against Jack Franks for Illinois 63rd House District.
An ad hoc group of concerned citizens are dedicated to flip 6 Illinois House seats.
This will result in a shift of power in Illinois, reducing the stronghold Democrats have had over Illinois for decades!
This effort is statewide and involves groups who will financially support these candidates.
We have identified the 63rd House District Seat as one of the 6!
When Madigan re-districted the 63rd seat became vulnerable.
According to voter registration rolls, there are approximately
- 12,200 Democrats and
- 19,700 Republicans in the new House district.
This is an election year where the Republican base is engaged.
The seat is winnable!
Despite these incredible figures, McHenry County Republican leadership failed to find a candidate to run against Jack Franks. So we did.
A local Conservative named Tonya Franklin (Woodstock) has submitted her application. We alerted Michael Tryon of this several weeks ago. McHenry County bi-laws require Michael Tryon to form a legal committee consisting of 2 committeemen from the 63rd District. These Committeeman are selected from a meeting of the McHenry County Republican Party.
Our McHenry County Republican bi-laws, (attached) and state statute dictate how a candidate is appointed following a Primary election. These specifications require
“if a legislative or representative district comprises only one county, or part of a county, its legislative or representative committee shall consist of the chairman of the county central committee and 2 members of the county central committee who reside in the legislative or representative district, as the case may be, elected by the county central committee.” (10 ILCS 5/8-5) (from Ch. 46, par. 8-5)
Article XVI (McHenry County Rules attached) pg 16
“The County Chairman shall fill any vacancy in the nomination of any elective office with the name of a candidate selected by a Nomination Convention of the Precinct Committeemen of the appropriate election district in which such vacancy occurs, provided, however, there is sufficient time after said Convention to comply with the statutory filing requirements. The Chairman shall call such Convection promptly after he or she becomes aware of such vacancy, by giving written notice to all Precinct Committeemen of such election district. Candidates seeking such nomination may furnish the Convention attendees/delegates with a written resume (statement of candidacy) and may address the assembled Convention.
The Precinct Committeemen shall have one vote for each ballot voted in his or her precinct by the primary electors at the primary at which he was elected.”
In addition, Rep Tryon is required to call a monthly meeting of the County Committee the 3rd Thursday of each month.
This meeting should have been held on May 17th.
Sadly, despite multiple appeals, he failed to call this meeting, effectively preventing Committeemen of the 63rd District their legally entitled vote to appoint Tonya to run.
While we do not understand why Chairman Tryon refuses to comply with our bi-laws and state statutes, our passion to change Illinois is not deterred. McHenry County bi-laws also allow 25% of the committeemen to call a special meeting.
Bi-laws provide we must get 25% of the Committeemen to call this meeting of the Central Committee, and we must provide 10 days notice to the Committeemen of the meeting.
There are 130 Committeemen in McHenry County, which means we need 30 Committeemen for the 25%.
“Special meetings of the COMMITTEE may be called by the Chairman, or by not less than 25% of the members of the Committee, by mailing notice in writing to each Precinct Committeemen at least 10 days in advance… Article XI page 14)
To meet the 10 day notice deadline and the petition filing deadline, we must call this meeting today.
You have been identified as one of the essential 30 Committeemen to achieve the 25%.
Many of you have already agreed to call the meeting.
A few of you may be just learning of this action this morning.
To assure we have the 30 voices of our Committeemen, we ask you to reply to this email calling for a meeting on June 2nd.
Once we have the 30, we will send out an email to all 130 McHenry County Committeemen to meet on Saturday, June 2nd.
The June 2nd meeting must be held in the 63rd District, so we will hold it in Woodstock on Saturday morning.
The agenda will only be about Tonya’s application, and the meeting will not be long.
Following the meeting the “Representative Committee” will vote on Tonya’s application.
The filing deadline for Tonya’s petition (filed in Springfield) is June 4th. in Springfield. We have arranged to get 40 voters out to gather signatures on Saturday and Sunday. Each will gather 35 -40 signatures. 500 signatures is the minimum and 1500 the max.
To be one of the 25% you need to be a Committeemen in McHenry County.
Please reply to this email and say:
“I call for a meeting of the McHenry County Republican Central Committee”
or something to that effect.
Even if you are out of town on June 2nd, you can still be one of the 30 Committeemen to call the meeting.
Timing is TODAY. Please help us. As needed I can be reached on my cell 847-778-3495.
Sharon Meroni, Algonquin 45th Precinct Committeemen
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If you did not receive a copy of the email and would like to lend your support as a Precinct Committeeman or someone willing to pass the petitions, Meroni’s email is “Sharon Meroni” <email@example.com>