CHICAGO - Illinois' own Republican National Committeewoman Demetra DeMonte confirmed Friday morning that she will be challenging RNC Co-Chairman Sharon Day for her leadership position next year, as reported this morning in The Hill.
"I will be running for the spot next year, but it was not my intention to make it known until after the November election," DeMonte, who now serves as the RNC's secretary, told Illinois Review. "My whole focus and energies for now will be spent on winning Republican elections in November."
At the end of an executive session Thursday at the RNC's Summer Meeting in Chicago, an ally of Ms. Day asked her publicly if she intended to run again for co-chairman, and Ms. Day responded that was her intention to seek the office again that she's held since 2011.
"I was surprised that the topic came up, and felt compelled to respond at that time and confirm that I intended to run for the office too," DeMonte said.
DeMonte has been traveling throughout the nation doing workshops for the RNC on a passion of hers, which is organizing local Republican organizations and coordinating their efforts with like-minded grassroots and issues groups.
DeMonte lives in Pekin Illinois and has served as county chairman and as Illinois' RNC National Committeewoman since 2011.
Photo from Demetra DeMonte's Facebook page