Two will vie for county GOP chairmanship
By Kitty Conley firstname.lastname@example.org February 12, 2013 11:44AM
Allen Katz is one of two candidates pursuing the position of Lake County Chairman after Kim Krull steps down. | Photo Provided~Sun-Times Media
Updated: February 12, 2013 12:08PM
The Lake County Republican Party will choose a new chairman on March 2 at St. Elijah Serbian Hall, 8700 Taft St., Merrillville. The doors close at 9 a.m.
Current chairwoman Kim Krull will be stepping down to pursue other interests. She would like to remain as vice chairman under Allan Katz, who she is endorsing.
Krull said, “Allan has been a close adviser to me these past four years, a faithful volunteer, and a major donor to the party. Allan will be able to handle the day-to-day operations of the party that I will no longer have time to do.”
Katz, of Crown Point, was first to register for the position, and said that at a meeting of city and town chairpersons none said anything about anyone running against him.
But according to Mike Neal, chairman of the Lake County Young Republicans, 50 elected officials in Lake County are supporting Lake County Councilman Daniel Dernulc, R-4th, to be the new chairman.
The big guns are out and U.S. Rep. Todd Rokita is endorsing Dernulc, who also has the endorsement of the Young Republicans.
“Our board unanimously endorsed him this week,” Neal said.
On the same ticket with Dernulc and running for vice chairwoman is Rebecca Holwerda. She is currently the District 1 vice chair of the Indiana GOP representing Lake, Porter and La Porte counties. She sits on the GOP State Committee. Rounding out the ticket to be secretary is state Rep. Rick Niemeyer, R-11.
Niemeyer is not only joining the ticket, he is also endorsing Dernulc.
Katz said that the major reason for his candidacy is to continue the successful policies of Krull. He personally underwrote the last three Lake County Reagan Breakfast fundraisers. He has worked on or led GOP campaigns in Lake County every election since 1991.
He has worked for the Republican National Lawyers Association in most elections since 2004, when he was sent to observe polls in Ohio.
Neal said that Dernulc wants to serve his party and bring unity to the party. He has been an official at AT&T for a number of years. He was a Highland town councilman and is now a county councilman.