Lake County Republicans jockey for leadership positions
By Christin Nance Lazerus firstname.lastname@example.org February 21, 2013 9:28PM
Updated: March 23, 2013 6:42AM
CROWN POINT — Several candidates for Lake County GOP leadership posts chatted up supporters Thursday night at Buddy and Pal’s in Crown Point.
Crown Point resident Allan Katz is vying for the county chairman spot and he is supported by current chairman Kim Krull, who is running for the vice chairman position. Lake County Councilman Dan Dernulc, R-Highland, is challenging Katz for the top spot. GOP precinct committeemen and vice committeemen will caucus to vote on the top two spots as well as secretary and treasurer at 9 a.m. on March 2 at the St. Elijah Serbian-American Hall, 8700 Taft St.
Katz said he’s running to build on the hard work by Krull and former chairman John Curley.
“We’ve gone from 26,000 votes in 2006 to 52,000 votes in 2012,” Katz said. “And we’ve picked up 23 additional seats. I want to expand the base of the party, and I want to elect honest and competent officials.”
Katz has been active in local GOP politics since 1991; his wife, Fran, ran for Indiana House District 19 in 2010. Katz said one-party Democratic rule in Lake County has allowed politicians to skirt the law.
“We can make Lake County a place you can be proud of,” Katz said. “But a major argument against that is the political corruption we see.”
Krull said she decided to step down due to the time commitment of juggling her full-time job with her political duties.
“Allan will make an excellent chair if he is chosen,” Krull said.
Other candidates include current vice chairman George Janiec, who is seeking the secretary position, and Nick Gasporovic who is running for treasurer.