Algonquin Township Republicans Select Leaders

Map of Algonquin Township showing precincts. Algonquin Township has more people than any of the sixteen other townships in McHenry County.

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.


Algonquin Township Republicans Select Leaders — 4 Comments

  1. First, Congratulations to all that ran and will lead Algonquin Township GOP. Every organization needs new ‘blood’ every few years to keep the ideas flowing and the group moving forward.

    Next, I would like to make a slight correction. I served as Deputy Committeeman for US Congressional District 16, not as chairwoman for Syverson.

    Good luck everyone – keep up the good fight!

    Karla Dobbeck

  2. Cal: I respect all that you do and have done. I lived in DeKalb County and DeKalb. Wiegand is a force of divisiveness and is about one thing: promoting Joe Wiegand. Syverson is a hack and it says much about the system when guys like these can wield the power they do.

  3. I’m upset I couldn’t go, but I had a death in the family and was in Arizona until yesterday. I simply could not. Cal – do you have the new chairwoman’s contact information? I’d like to touch base with her, and see what needs to be done.

  4. Cal, I would like to be the first to congratulate you AND those who have commented above. I don’t think I have ever seen this many people, utilize their birth names.

    One of the very reasons I ‘say’ what I ‘say’ and do as I do, “Under my real name” is to show people, that hiding under these silly ‘Alias’s is counterproductive and as childish as the ‘statements’ I make at times!

    “Stupid is as stupid does?”

    My ‘study’ in human behavior is now complete Cal. Well done everybody, let’s keep up the good work. “Courage” under fire…..”Say what you mean, and mean what you say.” To those still hiding, come on out and join us!

    Now after this brief commercial break, I will climb back into my ‘Cabana!’ “Oh Cabana Boy…..may I have ‘another round?'”

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