DANVILLE — The Vermilion County Democratic Party plans to caucus on Saturday to choose a nominee for the county board chairman's position, while the Republicans have decided to hold their caucus some time after Thanksgiving.
On Dec. 3, the newly elected 27-member county board will choose a chairman from among its members, and for the first time in more than 20 years, the Republicans are in the majority with 14 members.
Local Democratic Party Chairman Greg Lietz said the purpose of the Democrats' caucus at 11 a.m. Saturday at the party's year-around headquarters, 916 E. Fairchild St., Danville, will be to put forward a candidate for the chairman's seat.
With just a one-member difference between the two parties on the board, Lietz said, it could be a "one-in-a-million shot" that the Democrats' nominee will be the next board chairman, "but one never knows what will happen in politics."
Democrat Jim McMahon, county board District 9, has been the board's chairman for the last six years, and Lietz said he presumes the party's nominee on Saturday will be McMahon, and he believes McMahon is interested.
Vermilion County Republican Party Chairman Mike Marron, who's also a county board member in District 2, said the Republicans have decided that they will caucus some time during the week after Thanksgiving to choose a Republican nominee for the chairman's position. Marron said the Republicans had considered meeting this past week to caucus, but decided to delay until the last week in November, which would be just days before the county board's reorganizational meeting on Dec. 3. Marron said Wednesday that an exact date and time for the caucus will be scheduled soon.