Last night I spent a nice evening with the movers and shakers of the Lake County conservatives, as a guest at the annual Republican Assembly of Lake County (a/k/a the RALC) holiday party. As usual, the event was held at White Deer Run golf course in Gregg's Landing in Vernon Hills. Coincidentally, Don Castella, who is Vernon Township GOP chairman and is running for the Republican nomination for 30th Senate District to take on incumbent State Senator Terry Link, is having a fundraiser there this coming Tuesday at 5:30 pm. The event even featured a surprise drop-in visit by Congressman Joe Walsh. Walsh spoke very briefly (for Walsh) and noted that while he is very excited to be running in the new 8th District to face (most likely, we think) Tammy Duckworth, he is a bit sad that no part of Lake County is in the new district.
Without further ado, here's my pix:Colonel Raymond True, the founder and chairman of the RALC, gets things going.
Mundelein Trustee Ed Sullivan, Sr., Rita Mathias and State Representative Sid Mathias.
County Board Chairman David Stolman and Sid.
David Stolman and Lake County GOP Chairman Bob Cook.
Waukegan Township GOP Chairman and County Board candidate David Pfeiffer, former county board member Bob Powers, and former county board member and candidate for State Senate, 31st District, Larry Leafblad.
County Board Member Ann Maine, former 30th Senate District candidate Keith Gray, and Joanne Tonge.
State Senator Dan Duffy and attorney and Lake County State's Attorney Candidate Bryan Winter.
Dan Duffy, long-time GOP anti-tax activist Jack Martin, and Ray True.
Dan Duffy, businessman Eric Burgess, Kris Duffy and former Lake County Recorder of Deeds candidate Dana Sabonjian.