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Former Downers Grove mayor, Rep. Sandack in consideration for Illinois GOP chairmanship

Published: Tuesday, May 14, 2013 2:36 p.m. CST • Updated: Friday, July 25, 2014 4:49 a.m. CST

DOWNERS GROVE – Illinois state Rep. Ron Sandack is one of nine finalists the Republican State Central Committee is considering for chairman of the state party.

Sandack, a former Downers Grove mayor, said the nomination is a "humbling experience."

He said he is talking with party leaders in the state to learn more about the position, its duties and what value he could bring.

"It's nice to know that several people thought I would be a good party chair," he said Tuesday. "And even if I don't get it, I obviously intend to stay active and to try to rebuild and revitalize the Republican brand so that there's a choice here in Illinois."

The Illinois Republican Party is looking to replace former chair Pat Brady, who was ousted from the position by conservative members of the party over some of his positions on social issues, including his support of gay marriage.

Tapping Sandack for the role would be an interesting choice because he also supports gay marriage.

The Downers Grove-based representative was one of nine names being floated by the state Republican party, according to a Chicago Sun-Times story.

The other eight names reported in the story were Jack Dorgan, Angel Garcia, Jim Nalepa, Cook County Commissioner Tim Schneider, Mark Shaw, Don Tracy, former congressman Joe Walsh and Lori Yokoyama.

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