BLOOMINGTON — Chuck Erickson announced Tuesday that he will not seek re-election as chairman of the McLean County Republican Party, citing the time commitment required in this election cycle.
Erickson said Tuesday he has been thinking about this since at least June, noting it was difficult to juggle work as a lawyer, board member and party chairman and “something had to give.”
“This election cycle is too critical for anything less than a chairman who can give 110 percent,” he said.
His successor will be selected at the party convention in April by precinct committeemen who will be elected in the March primary. He intends to continue serving as a precinct committeeman and on the party's executive committee.
He cited several accomplishments, working with his executive committee, during his tenure, including increasing the number of Republicans on the McLean County Board, instituting a budget process for the party and amending bylaws so the chairman does not endorse anyone in the primary.
“I did the best I could to keep the factions in the party working together,” he said.
Erickson said he emphasized to the conservative and moderate factions the need to “work together to reach our common goals. … There are shared goals. You just have to try to listen.”
Among those shared goals have been to have candidates, such as Gov. Bruce Rauner, who would reform Illinois, said Erickson.
Also among accomplishments cited by Erickson is training millennials for party leadership. That includes encouraging them to run for office and know how to run a good campaign, he said.
Looking at the year ahead, Erickson said, “What I see is … the Democrats are energized to a level which I saw we were energized in 2010,” when many Republicans were swept into Congress.
“We need to get that energy level back,” he said.