The vote was 12,153 to 8,703 in the contest between McHenry County Board member Sandra Salgado and Mark Daniel, Vice Chairman of the Republican Central Committee and Chairman of Nunda Township’s Central Committee.
A victory margin of 3,450 votes.
(Each elected GOP Committeeman is allowed to cast the number of Republican votes cast in last month’s primary election.)
This is the first time in over fifty years that an outsider has captured control of the local Republican Party.
She will succeed State Rep. Mike Tryon, who decided not to run again and endorsed Daniel.
Salgado’s coalition was largely behind Bill Prim for Sheriff in his race against Andy Zinke.
State’s Attorney Lou Bianchi, not a Precinct Committeeman, was at the event, as was Prim.
The vote was presauged by Monday’s Algonquin Township Republican Central Committee results when the only roll call resulted in first-time Precinct Committeeman Chris Yaeger bested long-time Committeeman and Vice Chairman Tom McDermott by almost a 2-1 margin (a 1,329 vote margin).
There was a three-way race for Vice Chairman. The results follow:
- Andrew Gasser – 11,392
- John Jung – 6,958
- Mike Shorten – 2,104
The Treasurer’s race was between newly-nominate District 4 County Board candidate Chuck Wheeler the party’s nominee for County Treasurer, Glenda Miller.
Wheeler won by a vote of 10,588 to 9,866.
For Secretary, County Board members Diane Evertsen and Carolyn Schofield faced off.
Evertsen got 12,184, while Schofield received 8,270.
Also decided were GOP officers for Nunda and McHenry Townships.
In McHenry Township, the new officers are
- Steve Rooney, Chairman
- Steven Robert Verr, Vice Chairman
- Erik Sivertsen, Treasurer
- Sue Draffkorn
The victory margins were about 2-1.
The new Nunda Township officers are
- Mike Shorten, Chairman
- Lee Jennings, Vice Chairman
- Kate Williams, Treasurer
Cherie Haselgruber, Secretary
Grafton Township did not select officers.
Neither did what has been called the “Under Ten.” Currently not sanctioned in the Central Committee’s by-laws, the smaller townships–Alden, Burton, Chemung, Coral, Dunham, Greenwood, Hartland, Hebron, Marengo, Richmond and Seneca–have informally organized during the last two years.
In Dorr Township, John Jung was selected Chairman and Tina Hill Vice Chairwoman.