McLean County Democrats, Libertarians Choose New Party Chairs; GOP Leader Re-Elected | WGLT

McLean County Democrats, Libertarians Choose New Party Chairs; GOP Leader Re-Elected

Apr 16, 2020

Nikita Richards claimed victory Wednesday and will take over as chair of the McLean County Democrats heading into the November election.

In a Facebook post, Richards said she earned 64% of the vote, defeating Susan O’Rourke for the job. Current Democratic Party chair Erik Rankin is not seeking a second two-year term as he instead runs for McLean County circuit clerk in November.

Richards is the local party’s first African American chairwoman.

“I look forward to doing what this party has always done well and will now shift our focus to improving in other areas,” Richards said. “Let's go flip some seats blue!”

Party precinct committeepeople also elected vice chair John Whalen, treasurer Matt Watchinski, and secretary Jodie Slothower.

Republicans and Libertarians

Meanwhile, Connie Beard was re-elected chair of the McLean County Republican Party for another two-year term. She was unopposed.

The executive officers for the party include vice chairman Norma Brown, treasurer Judy Tovey, and secretary Bruce Hany.

“We know this coming year will be a challenge, but we have a membership that continues to grow with every week and an expanding volunteer base that is eager to hit the campaign trail as soon as our current restrictions are lifted,” Beard said.

Kevin Woodard was chosen Wednesday to become the next chair of the McLean County Libertarian Party, succeeding outgoing chair Steve Suess. Woodard is also running for county auditor in November.

The Libertarian Party’s executive committee will include vice chair Derek Evans, secretary Suess, and treasurer Karl Sila.

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