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Parties choose officers

Entwhistle elected Republican chairman; Democrats elect Wilkin

Published: Monday, April 21, 2014 3:28 p.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, April 21, 2014 3:32 p.m. CDT

The Bureau County political party central committees have elected new officers.

The Republican Central Committee for Bureau County has chosen a new chairman, while the Democrat Central Committee for Bureau County has kept its current chairman.

Eldon Entwhistle of rural Princeton was elected chairman of the Republican Central Committee, replacing Barry Welbers of rural DePue who had served for 16 years as chairman. Before moving up as chairman, Entwhistle had been serving as vice chairman.

Other officers of the Republican Central Committee are Roy Giacomelli of Ladd as vice chairman, Richard Borys of Tiskilwa as secretary, and Michael Wendt of Princeton as treasurer. Also, serving on the executive board are Welbers, Elwin Goetz of Arlington, Gus Hernandez of DePue, Dick Volker of Princeton and Ralph Anderson of Wyanet.

The Democrat Central Committee of Bureau County has re-elected Rick Wilkin of Ohio as its chairman, Richard Rivara of Ladd as vice-chairman and state Rep. Frank Mautino of Spring Valley as treasurer.

Mariel Fisher of Tiskilwa was elected secretary, replacing Pat Lewis of Spring Valley who had served as secretary for 20 years. Allan Ring of Cherry was elected sergeant-of -arms, replacing Fisher in that position.

On Monday, Bureau County Clerk Kami Hieronymus said the central committee for each political party is comprised of precinct committeemen who represent his/her political party within his/her precinct. Precinct committeemen are elected to two-year terms in primary elections. As far as their responsibilities, committeemen may send out information to the people within the district to promote candidates or issues. Committeemen serve as contact people for the candidates. Central committee members can also appoint precinct committeemen if there is a vacancy in an individual precinct. Precinct committeemen also serve as deputy registrars to register people to vote for her office, Hieronymus said.

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