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Sunday, December 12, 2004

Township Caucuses

Township Caucuses will be held across the state of Illinois on January 11, 2005. Macon County will be hosting 15 caucuses I believe. The one worth watching this year will most likely be the Decatur Township Caucus. Decatur has 42 precincts in it. Ths year the Decatur Township Democrats have instituted a policy where you must notify the Decatur Township Democrat Chairman by January 1 to notify him of your intentions to run for an office. Contested office so far might include Township Supervisor and Township Clerk.
The Township Supervisor race will be for an open seat, Democrat Board of Education Member Mike Wakeland is the only declared candidate. Former County Board Chairman Joe McGlaughlin has been rumored to have his eyes on this office, but no word yet from him on whether he will be pursuing it. Former County Board Member and Current Decatur Road Commissioner Gordan Brenner has opted to stay put in his current office. Wakeland is backed by Current Supervisor Clara Mann. He will also most likely be recieving support from the Decatur Township Demorats.
The Township Clerk race took an interesting turn when Dee Mathews declared her intentions to run for this office. It is currently held by Democrat Jean Friend, who as far as I know still intends to run for the job. Mathews will most likely count on her ties to the Central Labor Council here as well as the Decatur Township Democrats.
With the current infighting in the Macon County Democrat Party this caucus will serve as just another proxy battle for control. Look for other townships in Macon County to follow the lead of Long Creek and Decatur Townships for caucus rules.