The state's Republican Party chairman will help lead Kevin Burns' campaign in the Geneva mayor's quest to become the chairman of the Kane County Board.
Party chairman Pat Brady was named Tuesday as the first of Burns' campaign chairmen. Burns will face state Sen. Chris Lauzen in the Republican primary in 2012. They are running for the position currently held by Karen McConnaughay, who will instead run in 2012 for the state Senate in the newly created 33rd District.
"Kevin has the unique combination of executive experience coupled with a deep understanding of the operations of local government," Brady said. "This will allow him to hit the ground running as Kane County Board chairman."
Burns said Brady is the first of several campaign chairmen who will be announced. Earlier this month, Lauzen named his campaign chairmen – a list that includes four county board members, a former state senator and a man who serves on a number of community boards of directors.
Lauzen said Brady joining Burns' campaign is "unusual" because of Brady's position as the leader of his party in Illinois.
"A party chairman is supposed to represent unity," Lauzen said. "And if he takes sides in a primary, it's that much harder for him to call for unity, which is his function, after the primary."
Brady said it isn't unusual at all for someone in his position to accept such a position.
"I think it's the job of a party chairman to get behind the candidate who would be the strongest candidate in the general election," he said. "I think it's clearly Kevin."
Burns welcomed Brady to his campaign.
"I am honored that Pat Brady has signed on to my campaign team," Burns said. "His leadership, guidance and friendship are wonderful assets, and I look forward to working with Chairman Brady as our campaign moves forward."
Burns promised there would be more chairmen to his campaign in the near future.
"We are looking forward to sharing with you, and the entire Kane County community, the team we've pulled together," Burns said.
Lauzen said that he, too, would have more announcements, including area coordinators.
"While Pat and Kevin run their campaign, we'll continue to focus on our campaign, on our message, which is to freeze the property tax levy, treat every person with respect," Lauzen said. "And honest, competent administration through innovation and austerity."