COUNTDOWN TO THE 2016 GENERAL ELECTION
Illinois Republican Convention News
On May 19th through 21st, the Lake County Republican Central Committee sent more than 150 delegates to the State Convention; the second largest delegation to attend the 2016 convention. This year’s convention was very contentious with a group, lead by ousted Chairman Pat Brady and State Central Committeeman Ryan Higgins of the 8th CD, lobbying to change the definition of marriage in the Illinois Republican Platform.
During committee meetings, our very own Marjorie Kubalanza, along with 6 other platform committee members, lobbied to keep the definition of marriage as between “one man and one woman”. With a vote of 10 to 7, and one abstention, the Platform Committee pushed Pat Brady’s and Ryan Higgins’ definition of marriage out of committee. At this point Marjorie and her 6 colleagues made a successful motion for a Minority Report. This was important as the next part of the process was to get the vote to the floor.
Then the real work began! Led by our Chairman, Mark Shaw, a group including Rep. Peter Breen, Nick Provenzano, John McGlasson and others worked feverishly to obtain the 50 County Chairman signatures needed to bring the vote to the floor. By Saturday morning, they had accumulated more than 70 signatures. The Minority Report was to keep the language regarding marriage the same as it was in the 2012 Platform.
In an unprecedented move, Mark and his group were able to force a floor vote. This was the first time any group was successful in getting enough signatures to get an issue to the floor since the stringent rules were put into effect. During the debate of the language, our Senator Dan McConchie spoke as one of the proponents of keeping the language from 2012.
After speakers from both sides, with a resounding vote of more than 80% of the delegation, the language from the 2012 Platform regarding marriage was kept in the official Illinois Republican Platform. Thanks to our Chairman, Mark Shaw, the entire delegation had the opportunity to vote on this important issue!!
Congratulations to the New Senator for 26th District, Dan McConchie
Welcome Chairman Mark Shaw
Mr. Shaw, 55, was elected by a unified and unanimous delegation at the Lake County Republican Convention, April 13th, at Midlane Country Club in Wadsworth, Illinois.
Mark takes over the reins of the Lake County Republican Central Committee eagerly and enthusiastically looking forward to the future. He acknowledges we live in a diverse County and need to work together on the principles uniting all of us. He believes we must be willing to engage with others who currently do not understand our philosophy of smaller, smarter, more fiscally prudent government.
A resident of Lake Forest, Chairman Shaw brings with him a wealth of experience serving over 22 years as a Precinct Committeeman, eight years as the Chairman of West Deerfield Township and four years as the State Central Committeeman of the 10th Congressional District. In addition to his political experience, Mark has been a businessman in Lake County for over 20 years, is an attorney and a pharmacist. His diverse background will give him a unique perspective to tackle this new role.
Please welcome the new members of the 2016 – 2018 Executive Committee:
Mark Shaw, Chairman, Marjorie Kubalanza, Chairwoman, Michael Danforth, 1st Vice Chairman, Ted Livengood, 2nd Vice Chairman, Lynn O’Brien, 3rd Vice Chairman, Peggy Siebert, Secretary, Jennifer Neubauer, Treasurer, Frank Bessette, Antioch Township, Phil Howe, Avon Township, Robert Mitchell, Benton Township, Nick Sauer, Cuba Township, Jim Dorfman, Ela Township, Glenn Garamoni, Fremont Township, Nancy Kubalanza, Grant Township, John Lorentzen, Lake Villa Township, Ray Lester, Libertyville Township, Martin Zeidman, Moraine Township, Rick Neal, Newport Township, Scott Helton, Shields Township, John Munger, Vernon Township, George Sinnokrak, Warren Township, Bob Cook, Wauconda Township, Bob Byrne, Waukegan Township, Hilary Till, West Deerfield Township and Blake Hudson, Zion Township.
Spring Primary Election, 2016
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