JOLIET - Will County conservatives active in the area's Tea Party movement will be putting down their protest signs to knock on doors and set up campaign signs this fall. Local activists are focused on returning the Will County Board - now dominated by Democrats - back to Republican control.
In a surprise move via Facebook, the Joliet Tea Party announced late Friday night that local leader Tim Kraulidis will be joining a growing number of conservative candidates running as Republicans for Will County Board open seats in 2012.
"I hope to continue what we started here in Will County. We need to engage the system. We need to make a difference where and how we are able," Kraulidis said in his online announcement.
Other Tea Party candidates that announced for Will County Board are Steve Balich, Illona Vaughn, Sharon Cemeno Hicks. Plainfield Township GOP Chairman Garrett Peck has launched his campaign for state senate and Ryan Martin Alm is running for state representative. Other candidates for county positions have not officially announced yet.
Candidate petition circulation will begin in September for the March 20, 2012 Republican primary.