How to Run for Republican Precinct Committeeman



“There is no task or project too great, there is no dream outside of our reach. Don’t ever let anyone tell you it can’t be done. The future lies with the dreamers, not the cynics and the critics.”President Donald J. Trump


We founded the Republican Precinct Project eight years ago in response to the fact that really no one – including our State Republican Party – was making a serious effort to recruit good people for one of the most important political posts out there: the office of Republican Precinct Committeeman. There are nearly 7,000 total precincts in Illinois, but we found that in over half of those, typically not even one person was bothering to run for Republican Precinct Committeeman!


Sadly, cynics and critics have for too long discouraged good people from getting involved, often simply out of selfishness. And it’s hardly surprising that many people remained uninspired to help an all-talk-and-no-action Republican Party.


President Donald J. Trump has changed all that.


Our President represents new hope for the Grand Old Party. He’s expanding the base and is generating energy and optimism on a scale we haven’t witnessed in the GOP since Ronald Reagan.


Donald Trump stepped up to serve because he looked around and saw a job that wasn’t getting done. If you love our President like we do and have been wondering what else you can do to help — this is your chance.


The Republican Precinct Project is looking for actual do-ers who want to help President Trump advance his positive, pro-growth, America First agenda – in other words, serious people who want to support our President in Illinois and who want to start laying the groundwork for Donald Trump’s 2020 re-election.


If you don’t do it, no one will. One look around the Republican Party in Illinois and you can see the job isn’t getting done.


If you really want to help Make America Great Again – it’s time to take the next step. It’s time for you to take your seat at the table.


NOTE: The instructions here are applicable to every Illinois county EXCEPT for Cook County. Cook has a unique structure under Illinois law and Precinct Committeemen are not elected by either the Republicans or Democrats. However all 30 GOP Township Committeemen in suburban Cook County are up for election this cycle. If you live in suburban Cook County, read: Run for Republican Township Committeeman in Cook County







  • Must be a United States citizen.
  • Must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Must be a registered voter in the precinct.




Form of Petition. Fill out the Precinct Committeeman Primary Petition and print the completed form.


Circulate Petitions. You may begin circulating your Petitions on September 5, 2017. The LAST DAY to collect signatures (and file them) is Monday, December 4.


HELPFUL TIP: Be the first to sign your own Petition! As a candidate, you can both sign (as a registered voter) and circulate your own Precinct Committeeman Primary Election Petition. Since this post is a party office – as opposed to a public office – the March 20, 2018 Republican Primary IS the election. Democrats elect their own Precinct Committeemen on the same day in their own party primary election.


Meet the Signature Requirements. Petitions must contain the valid signatures of a minimum of 10 eligible primary electors (registered voters) in the precinct in which you are running. Again, sign your own petition, and now you only need 9 more.


HELPFUL TIP: While not legally required, we recommend getting at least twice the minimum number of required signatures. You can likely complete the whole process in one morning or afternoon.


File Your Candidate Papers. The filing period at your County Clerk begins November 27, 2017 and ends on the close of business December 4, 2017. The following documents must be filed with your Office of County Clerk during that filing window:

  1. Precinct Committeeman Petitions. All petition pages must be numbered; bound together (just staple; or better yet use a hole-punch & fasteners); and have each page notarized.
  2. Statement of Candidacy. This page also must be notarized. AND NOTE: the referenced Statement of Economic Interests is NOT filed for Republican Precinct Committeeman or any other party office. The Statement of Economic Interests is only for PUBLIC offices.
  3. Loyalty Oath. Optional, not legally required, but most candidates do go ahead and file this simple form as part of their complete package.

Attach your Statement of Candidacy (and Loyalty Oath, if you choose to file one) on top of your numbered Committeeman Petition sheets.


Feel free to review a copy of the Illinois State Board of Elections 2018 Candidate’s Guide and the 2018 Election and Campaign Finance Calendar. The 2018 Candidate’s Guide contains 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 Precinct Committeeman. But we link these additional state resources for those who might find them helpful.


For more information about the role of a Republican Precinct Committeeman, including some frequently asked questions about the position, read What is a Republican Precinct Committeeman?


If you have any questions regarding the process for running for Republican Precinct Committeeman, the required forms, or any other matter, please don’t hesitate to contact Doug Ibendahl at (312) 648-0061, or email him at



Paid for by Republican Precinct Project. A copy of our report filed with the State Board of Elections is (or will be) available on the Board’s official website ( or for purchase from the State Board of Elections, Springfield, Illinois.


The Republican Precinct Project is not affiliated with any candidate or candidate committee.




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