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Chuck Erickson

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Yes, McLean County Democrats are energized headed into this year’s elections. But Republicans know how to win.

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Both of McLean County’s major political parties will have new top leaders later this year.

Cristian Jaramillo / WGLT

Normal Town Council member Scott Preston said Thursday he’s considering a run for McLean County Republican Party chair.

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If President Donald Trump has taught us anything, it’s that the way you communicate your political beliefs matters more than ever.

Connie Beard

A longtime local GOP leader said Thursday she wants to succeed Chuck Erickson as chair of the McLean County Republican Party.

Ralph Weisheit / WGLT

McLean County Republican Party chairman Chuck Erickson announced Tuesday he won’t be seeking re-election to that post, leaving the local GOP with new leadership heading into a tough 2018 election cycle with many contested races.

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McLean County’s top Republican has a warning for local GOP candidates running in 2018: Get ready to campaign hard, or get ready to be walloped.

Rob Fazzini

Former Bloomington alderman Rob Fazzini said Friday he's exploring a run for McLean County Board in the east side district currently represented by the county’s Republican Party chair.

An influential McLean County Republican leader said Thursday that the local GOP chairman should not have shared a controversial post this week on the party's Facebook page. She also said the resulting backlash was "beyond deplorable" and may energize local Republicans going into next year's elections.

Ralph Weisheit / WGLT

The McLean County Republican Party is facing criticism over a Facebook post that sided with President Donald Trump and his widely condemned “both sides” remarks in the wake of the Charlottesville violence.

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It’s going to be an interesting 15 months.

The next general election isn’t until November 2018, and local Republicans are already sparring with Democrats over allegations of campaigning with taxpayer money, dirty tricks, and inappropriate emails.