Run for Republican Ward Committeeperson in Chicago

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All 50 Republican Ward Committeepersons in Chicago will be elected at the Primary Election on Tuesday, March 17, 2020.

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Republican Ward Committeeperson is an unpaid, volunteer Party position. The position is similar to that of a Precinct Committeeperson in all Illinois counties other than Cook County. The only substantive difference is that many more voters are represented in a Chicago ward, which includes multiple precincts. (It’s also a 4-year term, as opposed to the 2-year term for Precinct Committeepersons in all other counties.)

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Cook County is unique in that it is the only county in Illinois where Republicans and Democrats do not elect Precinct Committeepersons. Instead, each party elects 50 Ward Committeepersons in the City of Chicago, and 30 Township Committeepersons in suburban Cook County. (Those 30 Township Committeepersons are not up for election again in Cook until 2022.)

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Running for Ward Committeeperson in Chicago is relatively easy. In 30 of the 50 wards, Republican candidates for Ward Committeeperson need the valid signatures of fewer than 150 registered voters in the ward to get on the ballot.

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If you are a principled Republican and a resident of Chicago who is seriously interested in building the GOP and standing with President Trump–as opposed to just collecting a title–consider running for Republican Ward Committeeperson.

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HOW TO RUN FOR THE OFFICE OF REPUBLICAN
WARD COMMITTEEPERSON IN CHICAGO

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MEET THE LEGAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Must be a United States citizen.
  • Must be 18 years of age.
  • Must currently be a resident and registered voter of the applicable ward.

GET ON THE BALLOT

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Form of Petition. Fill out the Ward Committeeperson Primary Petition and print copies of the completed form.

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Circulate Petitions. The petition circulation period began on September 3, 2019. The last day to collect petition signatures is December 2, 2019 (also the last date to file your petitions).

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HELPFUL TIP: Be the first to sign your Petition! You can sign your own petition (as a registered voter) and circulate your own Ward Committeeperson Candidate Petition.

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Meet the Signature Requirement. Signature requirements for Republican candidates in each Ward may be obtained from the Chicago Board of Elections here. (See the user-friendly chart on page 7.)

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File Nominating Papers with County Clerk: The filing period window begins November 25, 2019, and ends December 2, 2019. The following documents must be filed with the Cook County Clerk:

  • Ward Committeeperson Petition (All petition pages must be numbered; securely bound (staple or hole-punch/fasteners); and notarized.)
  • Statement of Candidacy (Also must be notarized. And note the referenced Statement of Economic Interests is NOT filed for Ward Committeeperson or any other party office. The Statement of Economic Interests is only required for PUBLIC offices, which this is not.)
  • Loyalty Oath (Optional)

Attach your Statement of Candidacy (and Loyalty Oath, if you choose to file one) on top of your numbered Committeeperson Petition sheets. All sheets of your filing must be securely attached together. You are now ready to file with the Cook County Clerk.

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Make and keep a copy of your complete filing for yourself. BUT BE CERTAIN THAT THE ALL PAGES YOU FILE WITH THE COUNTY CLERK ARE THE ORIGINALS AS SIGNED BY YOUR PETITION SIGNERS.

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Feel free to review a copy of the Illinois State Board of Elections 2020 Candidate’s Guide which includes a helpful Frequently Asked Questions section. The forms and simple instructions we’ve listed above are really all you need to complete the entire process of getting on the ballot as a candidate for Ward Committeeperson. But we link that additional state resource for those who might find it helpful.

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If you still have questions regarding the process of running for Republican Ward Committeeperson or the required forms, please feel free to contact me, Doug Ibendahl, at 312.648.0061 or doug.ibendahl@mail.com.

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