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MOKENA - A three-way GOP primary race in Will County's 37th House District is likely to determine who will represent the heavily-Republican district in 2014. State Representative Renee Kosel is retiring after this session, and Margo McDermed (in blue in the above photo), hopes to succeed Kosel in 2014.
Part of the Republican caucus on the Will County Board, McDermed has represented District 12 since 2012. Others in growing number of Republicans on the board include Jim Moustis, Steve Balich, Suzanne Hart, Jim Maher and McDermed.
A former Frankfort Township Clerk and trustee, McDermed spent 30 years working in the legal department of Amoco, later BP. One of her main responsibilities was to train client groups in legal compliance with antitrust law and international law. She managed a team of 31 legal professionals. She received her Juris Doctorate from DePaul University College of Law.
McDermed and her husband, Will County GOP Chairman Ed Ronkowski, are not only leaders in the local GOP,, they are also active with the powerful Will County Tea Party Alliance.
Having heavily self-financed her 2012 bid for Will County Board, McDermed's ISBE report shows she's being supported by the Republican Minority Leader Jim Durkin, who recently did a mailing on her behalf. She's also received funds from gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner and his wife, conservative funder Dick Uihlein and State Rep. David McSweeney.
McDermed answered her Illinois Review candidate survey indicating she is socially and fiscally conservative.
She is against making the 2011 income tax hike permanent, opposes the graduated income tax proposal and would not take support from public sector unions. She would support efforts to term limit legislative leaders and require more transparency of campaigns.
She supports school choice and opposes regulations on homeschooling. She also is prolife, indicating she opposes the Freedom of Choice Act, which would ban any state restrictions on abortion.
Others in the 37th House GOP primary are Gayla Smith and Arthur Lukowski.
Illinois Review does not endorse this, or any, candidate. These bios are of the candidates that responded to our 2014 candidate survey by February 28th, 2014.