I live in the City of Peoria’s 78th Precinct. Anyone living in this Precinct who voted on the Republican ballot, probably noticed I was on it for the position of Precinct Committeeman. I even won, which was easy since I ran unopposed. But then, I received votes from Absentee Voting and Early Voting, so something went right. When I decided to run for the position, I wasn’t quite sure what I would need to do if I won. I only knew my Uncle held the job in Galesburg for many years and he liked it. So I researched the job requirements, and here is what I found:

A Republican Precinct Committeeman represents all GOP voters of a precinct at the Peoria County Republican Party level. Perhaps most importantly, the Precinct Committeeman represents the face of the GOP within the precinct. Republican Precinct Committeemen are elected to a two-year term in all even-year Primary Elections.

This is an unpaid position (hence the “unopposed” part). The Republican Precinct Committeeman’s job is in essence all about helping to grow the GOP and working to deliver the maximum number of Republican votes from the precinct on Election Day. A Republican Precinct Committeeman is allowed to take a leadership role in advancing the Republican Platform principles of lower taxes, smaller government, fiscal responsibility, individual freedom, strong national defense, and traditional family values.

On a funny side note, when my wife voted, she had forgotten all about this and when she came across my name on the ballot she took out her cell phone and texted to me “What the hell is your name doing on the ballot?!” I told her as a future Precinct Committeeman, it was my job to instruct her that cell phone usage while voting is strictly prohibited.

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