CHICAGO - A Princeton University graduate and software development business owner says it's time for new leadership in the Cook County Republican Party, and he's prepared to challenge Cook County GOP Chairman Aaron Del Mar for the spot.
Friday, Chris Cleveland, Vice Chairman of the Chicago Republican Party and 43rd Ward Republican Committeeman, announced he's confident he can win the Cook County GOP chairmanship election that the law says should take place by April 16th.
"We've brought new life to the Chicago Republican Party over the last two years. It's time to bring new life to Cook County organization," said Cleveland. "It's about candidates, media, and money, in that order. Without the horsepower to bring those things in, a political party isn't doing its job."
As bona fides, Cleveland cites the work he's done recruiting candidates and raising money to increase Chicago's Republican vote by 5 percent. He also notes his communications outreach, including press conferences, social media campaigns, and robocalls as well as his successfully removing from the ballot a "fake Republican opponent" to Mike Madigan.
Besides being a graduate of Princeton and the University of Chicago, Cleveland is a former congressional staffer, and former member of the Republican State Central Committee representing the 5th Congressional District. He owns Dieselpoint, Inc., a Chicago software company.
The vote for the position of chairman will be on April 16 at the Cook County Republican Party convention. Chairmen are elected from among the elected and appointed committeemen in Cook County's townships and wards.