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After November wins, Lake County GOP eyes local Spring races

Local Government

By Cheyenne Dickerson | Jan 3, 2017

The Lake County GOP was happy with the Nov. 8 election results. | Contributed image

Following the November election, in which Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump won on the national level, the Lake County GOP is basking in this victory and gearing up for another year of politics. 

For the upcoming spring election season, the GOP is focusing on three specific county elections. 

"We will continue to support Republicans in all races this year," Lake County GOP Chairman Mark Shaw told the Lake County Gazette.

West Deerfield Township, Waukegan and Vernon have April 4 elections. 

In Waukegan there will be a Democratic primary for mayor Feb. 28 with incumbent Wayne Motley running against Sam Cunningham. The winner of the primary will face 7th Ward Alderwoman Lisa May, an independent, in the April election.

"Normally, people run in nonpartisan political races, such as mayor, city clerk and school board candidates," Shaw said. When candidates do not submit a party affiliation when running, the county's GOP does not usually get too involved or engaged in the races.

"There are numerous school board elections coming up this spring," Shaw said.  Specifically 122 candidates are running for school board positions within Lake County -- all of which are nonpartisan. Since those races are all nonpartisan the Lake County GOP does not "officially get involved with those," she said. 

The Lake County GOP was happy with the Nov. 8 election results. Rep. Peter Roskam (R-IL) won re-election in District 6, and Republican Michael Nerheim won the Lake County State's Attorney race. Additionally, 12 GOP candidates won in Lake County Board member races. GOP Coroner Howard Cooper also was among the winners.

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