Committeeman Support Program Progress Update

PALATINE, IL – The Cook County Republican Party released today an update on the new Committeeman Support Program, the first-of-its-kind grassroots program intended to strengthen Republican grassroots efforts throughout CookCounty.

To date, the following Committeemen and their organizations have enrolled in the program: 

  • Evanston Township – Blair Garber
  • Niles Township – Joe Hedrick
  • Oak Park Township – Linda Tibensky
  • Palatine Township – Aaron Del Mar
  • Palos Township – Sean Morrison
  • Schaumburg Township – Ryan Higgins

 Each of these program participants will receive an initial stipend for enrolling in the program and are now eligible for funding based on their program ranking. The Cook County Republican Party has already been actively fundraising for this program and projects the fund to be upwards of $50,000 this election cycle.

 “I’m happy to see that this program has already taken off, though this is just the first small step in our rebuilding effort here in CookCounty. Our ultimate goal is to support our hard-working Committeemen and their organizations so that we have the ground game necessary to win back the Governor’s mansion in 2014,” stated Chairman Aaron Del Mar. “We are now less than a year away from the start of the 2014 General Election where our Republican nominees will take on their Democrat counterparts. To be successful, our candidates will need strong, effective organizations behind them and that is what we are committed to helping build throughout the county.”

The program consists of three parts. First, a Committeeman Handbook is being developed that will provide step-by-step guides, best practices, and templates to help new Committeemen fully understand their responsibilities and to provide all Committeemen useful information. Second, the Cook County Republican Party will assist each of the Committeemen in developing the basic aspects of their organizations, including email addresses for their officers, a published phone number so voters can reach them, a website to promote their efforts in their township, monthly meetings where they can promote the Republican message and candidates, and regular social events. Third, the Party will raise funds that will be distributed to organizations based on a scorecard that will be developed that will track their progress in achieving certain milestones.

The remaining townships are expected to enroll at the Cook County Republican Party’s quarterly meeting next week. To learn more about the Cook County Republican Party, visit


About the Cook County Republican Party:

The Cook County Republican Party coordinates the Republican Party’s efforts in the largest county in Illinois and the 2nd largest in the nation. Led by Chairman Aaron Del Mar, the Palatine Township Republican Committeeman elected in 2012 to head the County GOP, the Cook County Republicans are working to build a presence in Chicago while strengthening their standing in the suburbs in order to elect leaders who believe in the foundational principles of the Republican Party, namely fiscal responsibility, personal accountability and limited government.



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