Lake County Republicans seek volunteers for discovery recounts
The Lake County Republican organization is hoping more party voters will become actively involved in two discovery recount projects where GOP candidates initially were thought to have been short in last month’s general election.
“We had a great group of GOP workers yesterday,” organization officials posted on the group’s Facebook page on Dec. 13. “You can still join us and donate an hour, or two or more.”
According to Patch, in dispute are races for Lake County Sheriff and state representative in the 51st House District, races where Republican incumbents were on the ballot in both instances. Rules stipulate that any candidate finishing within 5 percent of the declared winner has the right to request a sample recount.
Lake County Sheriff Mark Curran requested a recount in his race after falling just 137 votes short of Democrat John Idleburg out of 245,633 votes cast. The 55-year-old Curran, feted as the county’s longest-serving sheriff, had held the post since 2006.
“Just doing my due diligence,” Curran told the Patch of his request for a recount, which he said came after Lake County Republican chair Mark Shaw encouraged him to file.
In the 51st District, where Rep. Helene Miller-Walsh was appointed to fill the seat vacated by scandal-plagued Nick Sauer in August, Miller-Walsh finished just 373 votes behind Democrat Mary Edly Allen after all provisional and mail ballots were tallied.
The district includes all or parts of Barrington, Lake Zurich, Libertyville, Long Grove and Mundelein.