Addison Township Republicans Endorse Kirk Dillard in 24th Senate District
His opponent, Elmhurst resident Chris Nybo, says he will "meet voters at their door."
Addison Township Republican Organization has endorsed state Sen. Kirk Dillard (R-24, Westmont) in his bid for re-election. This comes on the heels of the same endorsement by the Downers Grove Township Republicans.
Areas represented by the Addison Township group include the north part of Elmhurst.
The vote took place at Diplomat West Banquets in Elmhurst after extensive interviews of Dillard and his opponent, Rep. Chris Nybo (R-41st, Elmhurst), by a group of precinct committee members. Questions were asked about the candidates' future goals and ideas on fixing the state of Illinois.
Addison Township Republican Chairman Pat Durante said this area of DuPage County is fortunate to have been re-districted into Dillard's district.
“The Democrats have had Addison Township in their crosshairs for many years, and they thought by cutting us up into little slivers they can finally take us over,” Durante said. “But with this endorsed slate we will meet them head on and give them the political fight of their lives.”
Dillard is the former Chairman of the DuPage County Republican Party in Wheaton and chief of staff to former Gov. Jim Edgar.
“I cannot be happier to receive this endorsement," Dillard said. "I want to thank these committeemen that represent Elmhurst and Lombard for showing their confidence in me. I will work tirelessly to make sure I earn their trust. It is time to make Illinois a destination economy for job creators and to make Illinois work again.”
Nybo, a former Elmhurst city alderman, is serving his first term in the Illinois House of Representatives.
"York Township, my home township, has never endorsed candidates in primaries," he said by e-mail, in response to the endorsement. "We work hard to help elect Republicans, and we strongly believe that the voters, themselves, should decide who represents them."
He said that York Township has 100 precincts in the new 24th District, Addison has 10 and Downers Grove has about 40.
"I respect the voters in all of the townships and precincts. My main goal is to personally meet as many of them as possible at their door and, in the words of President Lincoln, 'ascertain with certainty for whom they will vote,' " he said.
Addison Township Republican organization encompasses all or part of Elmhurst, Addison and Lombard; towns within the newly redistricted 24th District also include Downers Grove, Westmont, Hinsdale, Willowbrook, Darien, Clarendon Hills, Burr Ridge, Oak Brook, Oakbrook Terrace, Glen Ellyn Wheaton and Lisle.