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Thorner: Lake Co GOP Elects Keith Brin new Chairman




By Nancy Thorner –

As a follow-up to IL Review:  IL GOP to Elect State Central Committee Members Wednesday Night I wanted to share what happened in Lake County GOP. As a precinct committee person in Shields Township, I'm in Congressional District 10, where Mark Shaw, Lake Forest was listed as county Republican chairman in the IL Review article of Wednesday, July 27th. Shield Township is one of 17 townships in Lake County.

Knowing that Mark Shaw was not going to continue as Lake County Republican chairman before I attended the Lake County Republican Convention at the Round Lake Beach Civic and Cultural Center on Wednesday, July 27, 2022 event, I thought it was appropriate to report who replaced Mark Shaw as Republican chairman of Lake County.

At the event, each township had its own table for seating its precinct committee members.
Retiring Mark Shaw presided over the beginning part of the program, at which time the information from a tally sheet filled out by each Lake County Township precinct captain was given to Shaw, which reflected the number of precinct committee members present and the weighted vote

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Keith Brin, new Lake Co GOP Chairman

s for each member (the number of votes cast in their precincts).

Since Mark Shaw was not running for re-election as Lake County chair, Larry Falbe was appointed as chairman pro tempore to run the election for the new Lake County chair.  Mr. Falbe is Lake County Republican Federation President.
Glen Garamoni of Freemont Township 120 nominated Keith Brin of Precinct 214 Moraine Township for nomination for Chairman of Lake County Republican Party.
As there were no other nominations from the floor, Mr. Brin was approved as the new Lake County Republican chair through a vote of acclamation.
Mr. Falbe offered his congratulation to Keith Brin.  In so doing Falbe discharged his final duty of the night as pro tempore chair.  
Speaking as the new Lake County chair, Keith Brin cited his nomination as a "humbling experience" and that he stood on the backs of the chairmen who have come before him.  Brin likewise expressed a desire to bring Republican values to Illinois and beyond. 
Mr. Brin then asked all present to join in honoring former Lake County chair, Mark Shaw, who had certainly earned the respect of the attendees at the Round Lake Beach Civic and Cultural Center for his years of dedication and service.
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Mark Shaw, IL GOP SSC – 10th CD

Although no longer Lake County chair, Mark Shaw was elected to represent, by acclamation, the 10th District as its State Central Committee representative.


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  1. Keith Brin is not a social conservative. He hasn’t been active in his own Township, Moraine. In a meeting I went to, he went out of his way to praise Shaw for intensity and effort even though he said Shaw’s top down pressure to get countywide endorsements (like Jesse Sullivan) was not the way to go.
    Shaw sees himself as the eventual Illinois Republican Party Chairman and this frees him up to go after that goal while placating local Lake County conservatives unhappy at his arm twisting to get (bad) primary endorsements. A very tiny step in the right direction away from a party more in love with Rauner and Griffin money than their supposed party platform.