BLOOMINGTON — A former precinct committeeman who has served as vice chair of the McLean County Republican Party has announced she will seek the county chair post being vacated by Chuck Erickson.
Connie Beard of Bloomington said she plans to build on the work of Erickson, who announced Tuesday that he would not seek re-election.
The county chair will be elected to a two-year term by precinct committeemen at a party convention in April following the March primary. Beard is not currently a precinct committeeman, but she is on the March ballot.
The county chair and executive board are responsible for event planning, fundraising and community outreach. Beard said she also sees serving precinct committeemen as “a vital part of being county chair.”
In addition to prior service as a precinct committeeman and vice chair, Beard has worked on several campaigns, including as county coordinator for Erika Harold's 2013 race for Congress.
She and her husband, David Beard, have lived in Bloomington since 1988 and are active members of Vale Church. She works as a Realtor at Denbesten Real Estate in Bloomington.
Noting that much attention has been focused on national and state candidates, Beard would like the county Republican Party “to have more impact on municipal and local government.”
Beard said her goals as the party's county chair would be to “support and grow our base,” develop more leadership at the precinct level, find more people to serve as volunteers in the Republican Party, and do a better job of sharing Republican principles with the community at large.”
She said Republican principles includes having small government with less demand for taxes, promoting more individual responsibility and accountability, and encouraging active involvement by voters. She intends to promote those principles through public forums and multimedia sources.