Four newly-elected Republican Precinct Committeemen were elected to lead the Grafton Township Republican Party for the next two years.
Their names and offices follow:
- Paul Serwatka – Chairman
- Matt McNamara – Vice Chairman
- Jeff Thorsen – Treasurer
- David McMorris – Secretary
(Thorsen has served as Precinct Committeeman before, but not during the last term.)
Serwatka is from Lakewood, McNamara from Huntley, Thorsen from Crystal Lake and McMorris from Lake in the Hills (the Huntley School District portion.)
Two offices were contested.
Incumbent Township Chairman (and Road Commissioner) Tom Poznanski ran for re-election and the unsuccessful Republican candidate for Grafton Township Supervisor, Pam Fender, ran for Secretary.
The by-laws had the weirdest method of voting I have ever encountered.
The number of votes in each precinct was divided by the number of registered voters. The result was the number of votes the various Precinct Committeemen were granted.
Usually, and by law for organization of the County Central Committee, the number of Republican votes cast in the precinct is the number of votes that a Precinct Committeeman can cast.
Under Grafton’s rules, which leaders indicated they intended to change, the results for Chairman were
- Serwatka – 2.125
- Poznanski – 0.355
So, Serwatka received almost six times as many votes as Poznanski.
For Secretary the totals were
- McMorris – 1.674
- Fender – 0.808
McMorris won by over two to one.
State Rep. candidate Steve Reick spoke to the group, even though none of his district covers Grafton Township.
He asked for volunteers to help in his fight against Jack Franks.
Newly-elected McHenry County Republican Central Committee Treasurer Chuck Wheeler also addressed the assembled.
He pointed out that Jack Franks’ first vote every two years is to elect Mike Madigan House Speaker.
Wheeler, himself a candidate for the County Board in District 4, urged Republicans to support Republicans.
Newly-elected Algonquin Township Republican Central Committee Chairman Demetri Tsilimigras invited people to attend his group’s seminar on parliamentary procedure.
It will be held at 6-8 at the Crystal Lake Colonial Cafe on Wednesday, May 21st. The program will be from 6:30-7:30. He asks that those intending to come call him at 847-532-2025 so he can order enough appetizers. Over twenty have already signed up. He especially thinks newly-elected public and party officials will benefit from attending.
After the meeting, before the room cleared, County GOP Vice Chairman made a pitch for party unity.
Also attending the meeting were elected officials State’s Attorney Lou Bianchi and McHenry County Board member John Jung.
Jung is up for re-election this fall.
The meeting was held at Kosta’s Gryos.
Agreement was reached to hold future meetings (monthly through the fall election) at the same location starting at 6:30.