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Will County GOP Women's Club Aims to Encourage Female Candidates

The newly-formed Will County Republican Women's Club is hosting a fundraiser Aug. 14 in Bolingbrook.

Having participated in local Republican organizations over the years, including at the township level, New Lenox resident Patty Deiters came to the conclusion that a separate organization for women and in support of female candidates would be an asset.

In April, she began researching organizations and their bylaws and discovered that the Will County Republican Women's Club would be effective particularly if it aligned itself as a chapter of the Illinois Federation of Republican Women . Consequently, she said, the Will County group is also affiliated with the National Federation of Republican Women.

The women-specific group has the opportunity to focus on women in government.

However, that doesn't mean that men in the party are not welcome or that male candidates running under the Republican umbrella would not be supported, Deiters said.

With only four months under the organization's belt, it has 35 members from throughout the county, she said. The goal is to encourage women candidates.

"We have a lot of good women running for office," Dieters said. "I think it's doing what's right for women that's important....We want to see more qualified women elected to office."

With Illinois , (R-New Lenox) among the active members, Deiters said the group is off to a good start.

The club's first-ever fundraiser to support the campaigns of women candidates for public office—whether that be for Will County Board or state government—is slated for Aug. 14 at the . A reception is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. with a dinner following from 7-9 p.m.

The price tag is $75 a plate, she said. At present, about 100 reservations have been accepted.

Check out the list of candidates the Will County Republican Women's Club is supporting in the upcoming election:

  • Ragan Freitag, of Shorewood, who is running for Will County Board 
  • Margo McDermed, of Mokena, who is running for Will County Board
  • Sharon Hicks, of Joliet, who is running for Will County Board
  • Laurie McPhillips, of Plainfield, who is running for Will County Recorder of Deeds
  • Marlene Carlson, of New Lenox, who is running for Will County Circuit Court
  • Renee Kosel, of New Lenox, who is running for the 37th House District of Illinois.

The speakers planned for the fundraiser are:

  • Demetra DeMonte of the Illinois Federation of Republican Women 
  • Adam Andrzejewski, who represents Project Vote Smart
  • Jack Rosen, who is expected to discuss the Renaissance PAC

For information about the Will County Republican Women's Club, email Deiters at pattydeiters@yahoo.com.

RB August 10, 2012 at 08:45 PM
@MOE - that I do not know because I'm not a democrat. I was just amazed with the absurd of your previous post about quintiles and how you wanted to use it to define middle class.
Beatriz Perez August 10, 2012 at 11:55 PM
Hey Mokena Voter, Actually, I make more than most men. But then, I'm not an unmarried waitress with a couple of kids who blames everyone else for their problems.
Beatriz Perez August 11, 2012 at 12:01 AM
Mokena voter...you know the paycheck fairness act was just another election year ploy to garner the female vote. Check this out: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/21/income-gap-women-make-more-men_n_1368328.html
Beatriz Perez August 11, 2012 at 12:04 AM
Unequal pay for women is a thing of the past. It's just another election year ploy used by democrats. Heres the real story: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/21/income-gap-women-make-more-men_n_1368328.html
Beatriz Perez August 11, 2012 at 12:10 AM
Mokena voter...I suspect that you're not even a female. Just some paid democrat spammer. As for womens pay... check this out. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/21/income-gap-women-make-more-men_n_1368328.html

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