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Hartwell, Hunt part of new GOP leadership

Published: Thursday, April 17, 2014 10:33 p.m. CDT

The Kane County Republicans on Wednesday elected a new leadership team whose members say their party is mending past internal conflict.

“I’m very excited that the party has really healed its own wounds and moving forward in a positive [unified] direction, and I’m really honored and grateful to be a part of that,” said Connie von Keudell, who was elected secretary.

Joining her on the leadership team are Kane County Circuit Clerk Tom Hartwell as chairman and Kane County Auditor Terry Hunt as treasurer.

They were elected to the two-year terms during the biennial Kane County Republican Convention at the Bliss Creek Golf Course in Sugar Grove.

East Dundee Trustee Allen Skillicorn was also appointed vice chairman.

Hartwell said he views his position as another opportunity to serve.

“I think we’ve got a really good team put together, so we can make improvements and serve the people,” he said.

Hunt said he is excited to be part of Hartwell’s vision for the party, which includes getting people involved where they have the most interest and the most natural strengths.

He said the Kane County Republicans will be heavily involved in supporting the GOP candidates in countywide races, such as sheriff candidate Don Kramer, as well as those running for state and national races this November.

“In order to do that we have to repair the party a little bit,” Hunt said. “I really believe the team that was elected [Wednesday] night is a great first step in doing that.”

A lot of fences have been mended over the last several weeks, von Keudell said. She said there was no hostility or fighting at the convention.

“Watch out, Kane County,” she said, “the Republicans are on fire this year.”

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