GLENVIEW -- The Northfield Township Republican Organization endorsed Kathy Salvi for United States Senate, former Northfield Township Trustee Steve Kim for Attorney General, State Rep. Dan Brady for Secretary of State, and North Barrington businesswoman Malgorzata McGonigal for U.S. Congress (5th District) at its Endorsement session May 11 at Hackney's on Lake in Glenview.
No candidate for governor managed to receive more than 60 percent of the vote required for the endorsement. Aurora Mayor Richard Irvin and Petersburg VC fund manager Jesse Sullivan tied for first with under 35 percent of the vote each. Bull Valley entrepreneur Gary Rabine and State Senator Darren Bailey (R-Xenia) also received noticeable support. Former State Senator Paul Schimpf (Waterloo) also appeared at the event and received votes.
"This is a case where we have a dynamic field of candidates with a variety of life experiences and perspectives under the Republican tent," Committeeman T.J. Brown said. "We have large groups of supporters of most of the six candidates. The Sullivan and Irvin campaigns obviously wanted the endorsement, but with slightly more than a third support each among membership, it is best to keep the township open and suggest to voters that all candidates are qualified and recommended and each would be a sharp upgrade from J.B. Pritzker."
Salvi, a Lake County lawyer, bested the field with 71 percent of the membership's vote. "Kathy is a common-sense conservative who has lived in Illinois her whole life and believes we deserve someone in the Senate who will fight for Illinoisans on issues that matter, including rebuilding our economy, restoring an environment of opportunity, maintaining America's leadership around the world, and protecting the civil rights of everybody," Committeeman T.J. Brown said. "Kathy will be Illinois's next great Senator."
Deerfield's Steve Kim, a former Northfield Township trustee and longtime Northbrook resident, received the endorsement for Attorney General, topping Sorrento attorney Tom De Vore, who received just under 40 percent of the vote.
"Steve is a known commodity to many of our members, having volunteered for many years in the organization, serving the township as a trustee, and living in the township," Brown said. "Steve is an excellent attorney and he understands how this office can work in the best interests of Illinois residents."
Rep. Dan Brady of Bloomington earned the nod for Secretary of State. "Representative Brady has been all over the state for more than a year, listening to Illinoisans about how to improve our Secretary of State's office," Brown said. "This office touches every Illinois resident, and the frustrations one gets from working with the office need to be eliminated."
North Barrington business owner Margolzata McGonigal received the endorsement for Congress in the newly-drawn Fifth District, which includes a part of Northfield Township. "Margolzata McGonigal is a business owner and an immigrant who wants the American Dream and the liberty associated with this country to be available to those who come after her." Brown said.
The organization also endorsed several unopposed candidates including Max Rice (Ninth) and Joe Severino (10th) for Congress; Bradley Martin (17th), Michael Lupo (55th), and Rory Welch (57th) for State Representative; Benton Howser for Cook County Commissioner (14th), and T.J. Brown for Township Committeeman.
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