The fourth generation of a Cary political family has stepped to the fore to lead the Algonquin Township Republican Central Committee.
Rebecca Lee, daughter of Algonquin Township Road Commissioner Bob Miller and County Board member Anna May Miller, was elected to head the organization. Her grandfather and great-grandfather also serve as township highway commissioner.
Vice Chairman will continue to be Tom McDermott of Crystal Lake.
Mark Gerhardt from Downtown Algonquin will serve as secretary.
Rounding out the leadership team is McHenry County Assistant State’s Attorney Demetrios Tsilimigras.
Lee, Gerhardt and Tsilimigras are all attorneys. All have worked at one time or another as assistant state’s attorneys in McHenry County. Gerhardt has also served in Cook County’s office. Tsilimigras worked for the Kane County State’s Attorney before coming to work for Lou Bianchi.
Both Gerhardt and Tsilimigras were elected precinct committeeman for the first time February 2nd.
McHenry County Republican Party Chairman Mike Tryon, a precinct committeeman in Algonquin Township, but in Springfield for mid-week, asked for an indication committeemen support for 16th Congressional District State Central Committeeman candidates. Tryon said he would support whomever the majority supported at the annual convention, according to Karla Dobbeck, the woman who was head of the township central committee until stepping down last night.
Incumbent State Senator Dave Syverson is facing off against challenger Joe Wiegand.
With 27 committeemen present, only seven indicated a preference.
The vote was six for Wiegand and one for Syverson.
Cal Skinner spoke in favor of Wiegand. Dobbeck said she was Syverson’s chairwoman and represented him in McHenry County, while the state senator covered the Rockford area and points west.
Skinner said he had not seen Syverson in McHenry County since he had rejoined the central committee two years ago. He pointed out that Wiegand was familiar with the political arena having run unsuccessfully for state representative twice, having served on the DeKalb County Board and, while there, having spearheaded the referendum to impose the Property Tax Cap over the strong objections of local governments and school districts.