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Mercer County Republican Candidates 2018

–County Treasurer – ?
–County Clerk – Jay Doherty
–County Sheriff – Dusty Terrill

–County Board District 1 – ? — District 1 includes Abingdon, Keithsburg, North Henderson, Ohio Grove, Suez and Mercer 6 Precincts.
–County Board District 2 – ? — District 2 includes Rivoli, Greene, and Richland Grove 2 Precincts.
–County Board District 3 — ? –District 3 includes Preemption 1, Preemption 2, Richland Grove 1, and Richland Grove 3 Precincts
–County Board District 4 – Chris DeFrieze — District 4 includes Duncan, Eliza, Millersburg, New Boston, and Perryton Precincts.
–County Board District 5 – Steve Moreland — District 5 includes Mercer 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 Precincts.

Precinct Committeemen:
North Henderson — Jo Anne Nelson
Rivoli
Richland Grove 1 — Greg Larson
Richland Grove 2
Richland Grove 3
Suez — Jeff Gregory
Greene 1 — Danny Hare
Greene 2 — Susan DeBlock
Preemption 1
Preemption 2 — Larry Neal
Ohio Grove
Mercer 1 — Barb Chiles
Mercer 2 — Linda Sarabasa
Mercer 3
Mercer 4
Mercer 5 — Jay Doherty
Mercer 6 — Bob Vickrey
Perryton
Millersburg
Duncan
Keithsburg — Becky Hawn
New Boston — Chris DeFrieze
Eliza
Abington — Dusty Terrill

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Abington, Richland Grove 1, and Mercer 3 residents

Don’t forget to vote for our three Republican write-in precinct committeemen candidates in the March 20 primary.

Write in Dustin Terrill for Abington Precinct committeeman, Gregory Larson for Richland Grove 1 Precinct committeeman, and Chuck Gysi for Mercer 3 Precinct committeeman. Write in the name and fill in the oval next to the name.

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Township Government in Illinois — The Township Caucus

This is not a comprehensive guide to township government — we are only addressing the Illinois township caucus. Comprehensive guides to implementing Illinois township government can be found here.

Pre-Caucus Procedures

1. Not less than 30 days before the caucus, the township clerk must notify the chairman of each “township central committee” of the chairman’s obligation to report the time and location of the political party’s caucus. The “township central committee” consists of all that party’s elected or appointed precinct committeemen in that township. If there are more than one precinct committeemen in that township, then those precinct committeemen will choose one to serve as chairman. The deadline for the township clerk to mail notification is Sunday, November 6th, 2016.

2. Not less than 30 days before the multi-township caucus (see below for definition of multi-township caucus), the multi-township clerk must notify the chairman of each multi-township central committee of the chairman’s obligation to report the time and location of the political party’s caucus. The deadline for the multi-township clerk to mail notification is Monday, November 7th, 2016.

3. Not less than 20 days before the caucus, each chairman of the township central committee shall notify the township clerk of the time and location of the political party’s caucus. The chairman’s deadline to notify the clerk is Wednesday, November 16th, 2016. The date of the caucus is December 6, 2016. The location of the caucus is usually held in the township building. If the chairman of the township central committee fails to meet this requirement, the chairman’s political party will not be permitted to nominate a candidate for the next upcoming consolidated election for any township office of that township.

4. Not less than 20 days before the multi-township caucus, each chairman of the multi-township central committee shall notify the multi-township clerk of the time and location of the political party’s caucus. The chairman’s deadline to notify the clerk is Thursday, November 17th, 2016.

5. At least 10 days before the caucus, the township board (the elected township officials) must publish a notice of the time and location for each party caucus. The township publication deadline is Saturday, November 26th, 2016. These notices must be published in a newspaper of general circulation in the township or multi- township district.

6. At least 10 days before the caucus, the multi-township central committee must publish a notice of the time and location for each multi-township caucus. The multi-township publication deadline is Sunday, November 27th, 2016.

7. The township/multi-township central committee shall write caucus Rules of Procedure prior to the holding of their respective established political party’s caucus. The Rules of Procedure shall include, but not necessarily be limited to, the following:

–No caucus shall commence earlier than 6:00p.m.
–The caucus shall commence at the place specified in the notice of caucus.
–Procedures by which qualified caucus participants shall determine by majority vote the duties of caucus judges of election. Caucus judges of election shall be appointed by a majority vote of the township or multi-township central committee. No judge of the Supreme Court, Appellate Court, Circuit Court or Associate Judge shall serve as a caucus judge of election.
–Nominations for selection as a candidate shall be accepted from any qualified participant of the caucus.
–Method of voting (i.e., written ballot, voice vote, show of hands, standing vote) for determining the candidate or candidates selected for nomination.
–Whether candidates will be selected as a slate or as individual nominees for each office.
–Whether written notice of intent to be a caucus nominee shall be required.
–Other rules deemed necessary by the central committee at the time the rules are promulgated or by the majority of the qualified caucus participants when the rules are being considered at their meeting.

8. Qualified individuals participating at a political party’s caucus shall:

–Be registered voters within the township/multi-township district (SBE Form H-1);
–Sign an affidavit that he is a registered voter and affiliated with the established political party holding the caucus;
–Not take part in the proceedings of more than one established political party township/multi-township caucus for the same election (the requirement also applies to township and multi-township clerks);
–Be precluded from becoming an independent candidate or candidates for a new political party for the same election, or signing petitions for an independent or new political party candidate for the same election.

9. No person may participate at a township/multi-township caucus of an established political party if such person is or was at any time during the twelve months prior to the caucus:

–An elected or appointed public official of another established political party;
–An elected or appointed officer, director, precinct committeeman or representative of the township/multi-township committeeman of another established political party;
–A judge of election appointed for another statewide established political party pursuant to Articles 13 or 14 of the Election Code;
–A voter who voted in the primary election of another statewide established political party different from the party holding the caucus (e.g., a voter who cast a Republican ballot at the March 2016 General Primary Election cannot participate in a Democratic caucus in December 2016).
—A candidate who participated at a caucus and who is defeated at the caucus for nomination is ineligible to be listed as a candidate of another political party, an independent candidate, or to file a declaration of intent to be a write-in candidate at the Consolidated Election. [10 ILCS 5/7-61, 10-3, 17-16.1, 18-9.1]

Caucus Day Procedures

1. Upon entering the room where the caucus is held, caucus judges have each participant sign an affidavit stating that he is a registered voter in the township/multi-township and is affiliated with the established political party conducting the caucus (SBE Form H-1).

2. At the appointed time, the chairman of the township/multi-township central committee shall call the meeting to order. The first order of business shall be to elect a secretary from the assembly. The secretary-elect should take his place next to the chairman and proceed to record the caucus business. The Rules of Procedure, which have been drafted by the township/multi-township central committees, must be approved and may be amended by a majority vote of the qualified participants attending the caucus.

3. The chairman, or presiding officer, shall then announce the method of voting selected by the township/multi-township central committee, introduce the caucus judges of election and announce the offices for which nominees are to be chosen.

4. The chairman shall call for opening nominations for each office according to the order in which the offices will appear on the township election ballot. Nominations from the floor may be made and no second is required; however, one or more members of the caucus may wish to offer a second as a form of endorsement. The chairman should repeat each nomination as is illustrated in the following:

Chairman: Nominations are now in order for candidates for the office of township supervisor.
Member: I nominate Mr. Smith.
Chairman: Mr. Smith is nominated. Are there any further nominations?

5. When it appears that no one else wishes to make any further nomination for an office, the chairman should again ask the assembly if anyone has a further nomination to offer and, if not, he shall declare the nominations closed and proceed to either vote on the nomination(s) or proceed to open nomination(s) for the next office, depending on the procedure that the township/multi-township central committee has selected.

6. The caucus judges of election are responsible for tallying the vote, with the township/multi- township central committee acting as the canvassing board. Obviously if any method other than a written ballot is employed, the canvass will be concurrent with the tallying. For instance, if a voice vote is issued, the caucus judges of election will make their report with the concurrence of the township/multi-township central committee; such concurrence shall take the place of the canvass. The chairman will then declare the candidate(s) nominated.

7. If written ballots are used, it would be advisable to have a centrally located ballot box over which the caucus judges of election can maintain control. A reasonable amount of time should be allowed for voting. When it appears that those wishing to vote have done so, the Chairman shall inquire as to whether there is anyone who has not completed his or her vote. If there is no reply from the floor, the chairman shall declare the balloting closed. The caucus judges of election shall immediately begin tallying the votes. As soon as tallying has been completed, the township/multi-township central committee shall proceed to canvass the caucus judges’ of election report. Upon completion of the canvass the chairman shall announce the results and declare the nominee. The voters participating at an established political party township or multi‐township caucus shall not select for nomination more candidates than there are to be elected for each office.

8. When the selection of all nominees has been completed, the chairman shall call for a motion from the floor to adjourn. After the motion is seconded, a voice vote on adjournment shall be taken. The Chairman, upon an affirmative vote then adjourns the meeting.

Post Caucus Procedures for the Chairman of the Township Central Committee

1. The chairman of the township central committee shall file a Certificate of Nomination by Caucus (SBE Form H-2), listing each candidate nominated for office. The Certificate of Nomination by Caucus shall include for each candidate a Statement of Candidacy (SBE Form P-1K), the Loyalty Oath (optional – SBE Form P-1C), and a receipt for filing a Statement of Economic Interest with the county clerk. The Certificate of Nomination by Caucus is filed with the township clerk between the 113th – 106th days prior to the township election (December 12th, 2016 – December 19th, 2016). The Certificate of Nomination by Caucus shall be signed by both the chairman and the secretary of the caucus. The chairman and secretary of the caucus shall also include their residence addresses.

2. The township clerk shall then file a Certification of Ballot (SBE Form G-1) with the election authority (county clerk or board of election commissioners). This certifies to the election authority (pursuant to the general election law of Illinois) the offices and names of the nominees for each office as they appear upon the Certificate of Nomination by Caucus. This must be filed not less than 68 days before the April 4, 2017 Consolidated Election (January 26, 2017).

3. The township clerk, prior to certification, shall determine by a fair and impartial method of random selection the order of placement of the established political party candidates for the consolidated election ballot. Such determination shall be made in the office of the township clerk and shall be open to the public. Three days written notice of the time and place of conducting such random selection shall be given to the county chairman of each established political party, and to each organization of citizens within the election jurisdiction which was entitled, under this Article, at the next preceding election, to have poll watchers present on the day of election. Each clerk shall post in a conspicuous, open and public place, at the entrance of the office, notice of the time and place of such lottery. The township clerk shall then file the Certification of Political Party Ballot Placement Lottery (SBE Form M-1) as part of his official certification of candidates to the election authorities whose duty it is to prepare the official ballot for the consolidated election in that political subdivision.

Post Caucus Procedures for the Chairman of the Multi-Township Central Committee

1. The chairman of the multi-township central committee shall file a Certificate of Nomination by Caucus (SBE Form H-2), listing each candidate nominated for office. The Certificate of Nomination by Caucus (SBE Form H-2) shall include for each candidate a Statement of Candidacy (SBE Form P-1K), the Loyalty Oath (optional – SBE Form P-1C), and a receipt for filing a Statement of Economic Interest with the county clerk. The Certificate of Nomination by Caucus is filed with the election authority between the 113th – 106th days prior to the multi-township election (December 12th, 2016 – December 19th, 2016).

2. The Certificate of Nomination by Caucus (SBE Form H-2) shall include for each candidate a Statement of Candidacy (SBE Form P-1K), the Loyalty Oath (optional – SBE Form P-1C), and a receipt for filing a Statement of Economic Interest with the county clerk. The Certificate of Nomination by Caucus shall be signed by both the chairman and the secretary of the caucus. The chairman and secretary of the caucus shall also include their residence addresses.

Dates to Remember

NOVEMBER 6, 2016 Notification of Township Caucus — Last day the township clerk shall notify the chairman of each township central committee of his obligation to report the time and location of the party’s caucus.

NOVEMBER 7, 2016 Notification of Multi-Township Caucus — Last day the multi-township clerk shall notify the chairman of each multi-township central committee by first class mail of his/her obligation to report the time and location of the party’s caucus.

NOVEMBER 16, 2016 Notice of Caucus to Township Clerk — Last day each chairman of the township central committee shall notify the township clerk of the time and location of their party’s caucus.

NOVEMBER 17, 2016 Notice of Caucus to Multi-Township Clerk — Last day each chairman of the multi-township central committee shall notify the multi-township clerk of the time & location of their party’s caucus.

NOVEMBER 26, 2016 Publication Township Caucus — Last day the township board shall publish a notice stating the time and location of the caucus for each political party.

NOVEMBER 27, 2016 Publication Multi-Township Caucus — Last day the multi-township central committee shall publish a notice stating the time and location of the caucus for each political party.

DECEMBER 6, 2016 Township Caucus — Township Caucus held.

DECEMBER 7, 2016 Multi-Township Caucus — Multi-Township Caucus held.

DECEMBER 12-19, 2016 Consolidated Election Candidate Filing — Petition filing period for nominating petitions of new political party, nonpartisan, & independent candidates as well as certificates of nomination for established party caucus candidates.

DECEMBER 27, 2016 Objections — Last day to file objections to nominating petitions of new political party, nonpartisan, and independent candidates as well as certificates of nomination for established party caucus candidates.

APRIL 4, 2017 Consolidated Election

Q & A

What’s the difference between a primary and a caucus?

There are two methods for nominating candidates for township office: the caucus method and the primary method. The caucus method is used by most townships in Illinois, including all Mercer County townships.

What is a multi-township caucus?

In 1979, the legislature required townships with a population of less than 1,000 to be part of a multi-township assessing (MTA) district. There are 346 MTAs in Illinois with participation numbering up to six townships. This only refers to electing the township assessor, in other words, there is a separate caucus to elect assessors in MTSs. The “multi-township central committee” of each established political party shall consist of the elected or appointed precinct committeemen of each established political party within the multi-township district.

In Mercer County, there are four MTAs:

Eliza, Duncan, & Perryton make up one MTA
New Boston & Millersburg make up one MTA
North Henderson & Suez make up one MTA
Ohio Grove, Abington, & Keithsburg make up one MTA

All the other townships have their own assessor.

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2016 Mercer County Republican Convention

Jay Doherty, the newly elected Chairman of the Mercer County Republican Central Committee, welcomes every Republican, new or veteran, to experience the friendliness, respectfulness, and harmony of our monthly meetings.

Eighteen of the twenty elected Precinct Committeepersons were able to attend the County Convention on Wednesday night and vote on the new officers.

Each of the Central Committee officers was elected unanimously:

Jay Doherty – Chair
Linda Sarabasa – Vice-Chair
Laurie Bluedorn – Secretary
Joe Vann – Treasurer

A slate of five delegates and three alternates was also chosen unanimously for the Illinois Republican State Convention on May 19-21 in Peoria.

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New 2016 Mercer County Republican Precinct Committeemen

PRECINCT COMMITTEEMAN
North Henderson Jo Anne Nelson
Rivoli James Young
Richland Grove 1 Jon Gochee
Richland Grove 2 Dan Breitenstein
Richland Grove 3 vacant
Suez Jeff Gregory
Greene 1 Danny Hare
Greene 2 Susan DeBlock
Preemption 1 Wayne Franck
Preemption 2 vacant
Ohio Grove Mark Hawk
Mercer 1 Barb Chiles
Mercer 2 Linda Sarabasa
Mercer 3 Mark Bieri
Mercer 4 vacant
Mercer 5 Jay Doherty
Mercer 6 Bob Vickrey
Perryton Brad Swartout
Millersburg vacant
Duncan Fred Rooth
Keithsburg Becky Hawn
New Boston Joe Vann III
Eliza Josh Frieden
Abington Karen Jones
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News for voters in Rivoli, Richland Grove 1, and Mercer 2 Precincts

If you live in Rivoli, Richland Grove 1, or Mercer 2 Precinct, please consider writing in your candidate for precinct committeeman. These candidates WILL NOT appear on your ballot. You must write in the name and fill in the circle.

Write In Flyer - James Young

Write In Flyer - Jon Gochee

Write In Flyer - Linda Sarabasa

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Vote for your precinct committeeman on March 15

The following people are candidates for Mercer County Precinct Committeeman:

North Henderson Precinct
Jo Anne Nelson

Rivoli Precinct
James Young — write-in

Richland Grove 1 Precinct
Jon Gochee — write-in

Richland Grove 2 Precinct
Dan Breitenstein

Richland Grove 3 Precinct
None

Suez Precinct
Jeff Gregory

Greene 1 Precinct
Danny Hare

Greene 2 Precinct
Susan DeBlock

Preemption 1 Precinct
Wayne Frank

Preemption 2 Precinct
None

Ohio Grove Precinct
Mark Hawk

Mercer 1 Precinct
Barb Chiles

Mercer 2 Precinct
Linda Sarabasa — write-in

Mercer 3 Precinct
Mark Bieri

Mercer 4 Precinct
None

Mercer 5 Precinct
Robert Jay Doherty

Mercer 6 Precinct
Bob Vickrey

Perryton Precinct
Brad Swartout

Abington Precinct
Karen Jones

Millersburg Precinct
None

Duncan Precinct
Fred Rooth

Keithsburg Precinct
Becky Hawn

New Boston Precinct
Joe Vann

Eliza Precinct
Josh Frieden

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A precinct committeeman plan

A precinct committeeman plan

Goal. Strengthen the effectiveness of precinct committeemen.

Procedure. Train, organize and motivate party members to be effective workers in their precincts.

Training. Hold meetings several times a year to provide training which includes description of duties, powers bestowed on precinct committeemen, and information regarding voting regulations and how to use these regulations to benefit our precinct voters. This includes, but not limited to, information on how to use absentee ballots, registration of voters and how to get out the vote. Monthly meetings are probably too frequent. Meeting should probably be based on general election dates and primary election dates which means 6 or 8 meetings a year is probably adequate. Meeting months should probably be February, March, July, August, September, October, November, and December.

Organize. In the beginning, core members of the meeting will be precinct committeemen and county party officers. Quickly included should be election judges, block captains, and motivated citizens who want to help with elections. This group should offer suggestions on how to fill vacant precinct committeemen, block captains, and other work tasks. We can learn from each other on how to make out precincts increase voter turnout.

Motivate. County and state candidates should be speakers who provide the group with their vision of good government and offer encouragement to the group to help reach those goals. Other speakers and special programs can be used as well. County officers can use this contact with precinct committeemen to offer personal encouragement to the precinct committeemen. County office holders should occasionally attend and thank the precinct committeemen for their work and efforts.

The meetings could be started with an evening meal provided by leaders. This would make the meetings more desirable to attend and promote camaraderie among the precinct committeemen. A meal could be pizza, or maybe cold cut sandwiches with potato salad and drink. This might be done for 3 or 4 dollars per person. Total expense would be small in the beginning, but would grow if the project is successful. But if the project is successful and we begin to elect county wide offices, the expense would be worth it. I expect a small group of us would provide the monies to start the project to see if the project is worthwhile.

Respectfully submitted,
Danny Hare, Green 1 Precinct Committeeman

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Fred Rooth, New Chair of the Mercer County Republicans

Fred Rooth of rural Joy was elected unanimously to serve as Chairman of the Mercer County Republican Central Committee at their monthly meeting on December 17th. Fred currently serves on the Mercer County Board for District 4, and as Precinct Committeeman for Duncan Township. Fred’s election follows the resignation of Brian Anseeuw from the positions of Chairman and of elected Precinct Committeeman for Rivoli. Also resigning their positions were Jason and Amanda Soseman, appointed Precinct Committeepersons for Ohio Grove and Abington respectively.

Mr. Rooth will serve as Chairman until the County Convention on April 13, 2016.

Mercer County Executive Committee

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Fred Rooth and Mercer County Republicans Treasurer Joe Vann

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Fred Rooth and Illinois State Representative Don Moffitt

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2016 Mercer County Republican Primary Ballot on March 15

The following people will appear on the 2016 Mercer County Republican Primary ballot on March 15:

County-Wide Offices

  1. States Attorney
    None
  2. Coroner
    Greg Larson
  3. Circuit Clerk
    Kendra Leon

Precinct Committeemen

  1. North Henderson Precinct
    Jo Anne Nelson
  2. Rivoli Precinct
    None
  3. Richland Grove 1 Precinct
    None
  4. Richland Grove 2 Precinct
    Dan Breitenstein
  5. Richland Grove 3 Precinct
    None
  6. Suez Precinct
    Jeff Gregory
  7. Greene 1 Precinct
    Danny Hare
  8. Greene 2 Precinct
    Susan DeBlock
  9. Preemption 1 Precinct
    Wayne Frank
  10. Preemption 2 Precinct
    None
  11. Ohio Grove Precinct
    Mark Hawk
  12. Mercer 1 Precinct
    Barb Chiles
  13. Mercer 2 Precinct
    None
  14. Mercer 3 Precinct
    Mark Bieri
  15. Mercer 4 Precinct
    None
  16. Mercer 5 Precinct
    Robert Jay Doherty
  17. Mercer 6 Precinct
    Bob Vickrey
  18. Perryton Precinct
    Brad Swartout
  19. Abington Precinct
    Karen Jones
  20. Millersburg Precinct
    None
  21. Duncan Precinct
    Fred Rooth
  22. Keithsburg Precinct
    Becky Hawn
  23. New Boston Precinct
    Joe Vann
  24. Eliza Precinct
    Josh Frieden

County Board

  1. District 1
    None
    Covers precincts Keithsburg, Abington, Ohio Grove, Suez, North Henderson, and Mercer 6
  2. District 2
    Danny Hare
    Covers precincts Richland Grove 2, Rivoli, Greene 1 & 2
  3. District 3
    None
    Covers precincts Preemption 1 & 2, Richland Grove 1 & 3
  4. District 4
    None
    Covers precincts Eliza, Duncan, Perryton, New Boston, Millersburg
  5. District 5
    None
    Covers precincts Mercer 1, 2, 3, 4, 5