If you live in the current 52nd state representative seat in which Mark Beaubien served and are interested in serving out the remainder of his term, applications will be taken by the three men who will make the choice.
- Lake County Republican Central Committee Chairman Bob Cook
- McHenry County publican Central Committee Chairman Mike Tryon
- Barrington Township Republican Committeeman Gene Dawson
The three will try to reach a consensus, according to Tryon, but in the event they cannot, the voting strength is such that Dawson will be the tie-breaker if Tryon and Cook disagree.
McHenry County has 45% of the fall ballots, which is what is used to apportion appointment power. Lake County has 48%, while Barrington Township has the remaining 7%.
So, what are the Republican leaders looking for?
The law requires the person selected be in the current 52nd state rep. district.
If the person selected does not live in the new district, he or she must be willing to move there should they win the GOP primary next spring.
The ideal candidate will have a commitment to the Republican Party and “Republican movement,” Tryon told me.
The person must be able to raise money and fund campaigns.
The person must currently hold elective office, have done so in the past or “held community service positions equivalent to having held elective office,” again quoting the McHenry County Republican Chairman.
The person selected must successfully complete a background check.
Demonstration of an adequate knowledge of issues facing Illinois is required, as is the ability to communicate them.
Finally, the leaders seek an ability to work with legislators, community leaders and party officials.
Tryon noted that the new 52nd District in comprised of 60% McHenry County votes, 30% Lake County and the rest in Cook and Kane Counties. He expects most of the growth in the next ten years to come from outside of McHenry County.
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Tomorrow I’ll reveal name of those who have already made contact, plus one that might. If you would like to make sure you’re name is on the list, email McHenry County Blog.