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Cruz Campaign Press Release - Cruz For President Announces Illinois Leadership Team

January 07, 2016

HOUSTON, Texas – Presidential candidate Ted Cruz today announced his 46-person Illinois Leadership Team that will help direct his strong grassroots organization and bring his consistent, conservative message to voters throughout the Prairie State. On Monday January 4, 2016 the Cruz for President campaign filed a full slate of delegates and alternates in all 18 Illinois Congressional Districts.

"I'm honored and grateful to have the support of these strong conservatives across Illinois," said Cruz. "This group of elected officials, Republican chairmen, grassroots activists, Tea Party leaders, evangelicals and pastors represents conservatives in every part of the state, and they are capable of producing one of the best ground games in the country."

"I'm delighted that such a distinguished group of conservatives from across the state has come together under the leadership of Ted Cruz," said Illinois Co-Chairman Chris Cleveland. "Senator Cruz is far and away the best choice for conservatives in Illinois."

The Cruz for President Illinois Leadership Team includes the following:


State Senator Tim Bivins (45th District) – Former Sheriff Lee County

State Senator Chapin Rose (51st District)

Chris Cleveland – Chairman, Chicago Republican Party

Nicholas Kammer – Conservative Activist

Leadership Team

Sharee S. Langenstein, Esq. – Eagle Forum National Issues Chairman for Religious Liberty; Delegate, Republican National Platform Committee

H. Lee Newcom – Former President of URF of Illinois; former McLean County Recorder; former McLean County Board member; former Executive Director of IL Christian Coalition

Blair Garber – IL Republican Party State Central Committeeman

Jan Klaas – Republican State Central Committee; Deputy for 16th Congressional District; Former Chairman Winnebago County Republican Central Committee

Steve Orlando – Federation of Illinois Young Republicans; Chairman, Republican National Hispanic Assembly of Illinois

Gretchen Fritz – Will County Republican Central Committee

Pastor Stephen Nyberg – Pankeyville Baptist Church

Karen Hayes – Illinois Family Institute, Board Member

Kevin McGrane – Palatine Township Republican Organization, President

Raquel Mitchell – Wheatland Township Trustee

C. Steven Tucker – Chicago Tea Party

Don Castella – Former Vernon Township Republican Chairman

Chuck Kern – Supervisor, Wheatland Township, Will County

Bradley Wulfsohn – Northshore Tea Party Leader

Clifford Lindemann – Jefferson County Board Member; Republican Central Committee Member

Jim Fisher – McLean County Tea Party Board Member

Patrick Harlan – President Knox County Tea Party

Sandy Dragoo – Founder and Coordinator of the Springfield, Illinois Tea Party Group

Robert Boharic – Retired Circuit Court Judge

James Kammer – Retired physician a, former Examiner for American Board of Ophthalmology

Pastor Mark Minor – 2012 GOP State Senate Candidate (59th District)

Yvonne Bolton – Hispanic Community Leader & Former GOP State Rep. Candidate

Steve Balich – Will County Board, Co Founder of the Will County Tea Party Alliance and Homer Lockport Tea Party

Doug Scheflow – Kane County Board Member

Sherry Hellmuth – DeKalb County Republican Central Committee; Board Member for the DeKalb County IL Tea Party; Treasurer for the Illinois Conservatives PAC

Michael Hildebrand – Kankakee County Board

Michael Flynn – Conservative Activist

Deborah R. Leininger – State Director, Concerned Women for America of Illinois

Tony Peraica – Former Cook County Commissioner

David Smith – Illinois Family Institute

Jill Dolan – Board of Directors, Republican Women of Park Ridge; Conservative Activist

Audrey Tancos – President of Bremen Township Republican Organization; Past President of United Southland Republican Women

Kathleen Valente – Illinois Family Institute

Steve Coven – LaSalle County Tea Party

Jasmine Velasco Hauser – Republican National Hispanic Assembly, Secretary

Hilary Till – Women's Republican Club of Lake Forest-Lake Bluff, Vice-President

Steve Rooney – McHenry Township Republican Central Committee Chairman

David Hullinger – Grassroots Conservative Activist

Gary Stittgen – Lake Villa Township Republican Club, President

Loren Heal – Grassroots Activist

Linda Dotson – Former Stephenson County Board Member; former Chairman of Stephenson County Tea Party; Upper Northwestern Illinois Republican Women

Pastor Lance Davis – New Zion Covenant Church

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