Well, that was exciting for a weekend, but now back to business. Sugrue is still the GOP front-runner in my estimation, and given his previous run in 2008, he's well-positioned to win and meet the winner between newly-appointed Democratic State Rep. Carol Sente and Buffalo Grove Mayor Elliot Hartstein, although there's still time for others to jump in. Sugrue, a conservative, has an impressive amount of support among the GOP party base (important in the primary, of course), and anyone else thinking about jumping in after Lawlor, Mark Peterson and others have all taken a pass, will no doubt think twice about jumping in now, as the petition clock is ticking away. While I think there will be some who are disappointed in Lawlor's decision, I think party leadership would be wise to unite behind Sugrue now and put their resources into setting him up to be in the best position possible to battle the eventual Dem nominee. The 59th is winnable for Sugrue, but will be anything but a cakewalk.
We're happy that Lawlor will concentrate on defending that county board seat, as the balance between Republicans and Democrats has drifted ever more closely together. With County Board Chairwoman Suzi Schmidt running for state senate, trying to fill that seat with a different candidate was a distraction that nobody in the party needed.
As we mentioned before, Sugrue's first event is this Thursday at Opa! in Vernon Hills. I would expect even more support for Dan to come out now that Lawlor is clearly out of the race, and local GOPers don't need to be worried about choosing sides.
It's refreshing when things work out for a change around here. More like this, please.
Here's Lawlor's presser he released this afternoon:
Lake County Board Member Aaron Lawlor to run for election in 18th District
Lawlor will continue to focus on economic development, infrastructure improvements and access to quality water
Lake County Board Member Aaron Lawlor announced today that he will run for a full term on the Lake County Board to focus on economic development, infrastructure improvements and access to quality water.
"Lake County has unique opportunities and significant challenges. I look forward to working on key issues including balancing our budget and operating in a fiscally responsible manner," said Lawlor.
"I will continue to focus on measures that will create jobs, grow our economy and provide our residents with the opportunity to grow their incomes along the way." Lawlor had been recruited by the Illinois House Republican Organization to run for the 59th House District recently vacated by Kathy Ryg.
"It is an honor to be recruited by Republican lawmakers who recognize the work I have done during my six years in elected office," said Lawlor.
Lawlor will support 2008 GOP nominee Dan Sugrue in the 2010 Republican primary.
Lawlor, a Vernon Hills Republican, currently represents the 18th District on the Lake County Board which covers portions of Buffalo Grove, Hawthorn Woods, Indian Creek, Long Grove, Mundelein, Vernon Hills and unincorporated Lake County.
UPDATED 5:35 p.m.: The Daily Herald now has its story up.