Maine Township Supervisor Carol Teschky announced Thursday that she will run for Maine Township Republican committeewoman in 2014, following current committeewoman Rosemary Mulligan’s decision to step down from the post at the end of her term.
Mulligan, who served for 20 years as a state representative until her retirement last year, was elected Republican committeewoman in 2010. She said she plans to exit state politics completely when her term as committeewoman ends in March 2014 and will back Teschky as her successor.
“I’ve closed out my campaign fund and pretty much decided I was done,” Mulligan said. “Even though I wasn’t overly thrilled with the people who had stepped up to run for committeeman, Carol is the one I will back. The caveat is that she will be open to everybody.”
Mulligan, a pro-choice Republican, expressed concerns that other Republicans who share her view on abortion will not be welcome within the Maine Township Regular Republican Organization.
Teschky, who has been a member of the organization for 30 years, said all Republicans will be invited to serve, regardless of their abortion stance.
“I am open to anyone who believes in our Republican philosophy and supports our Republican candidates,” she added. “They are welcome to join us and we will find them a precinct.”
Teschky, of Glenview, has served as supervisor of Maine Township since 2007, when she was appointed to the spot. She was elected to four-year terms in 2009 and 2013. Prior to this role, Teschky served as a township trustee from 1989 to 2007.
Within the Maine Township Republican Organization, Teschky has held leadership positions including president and area chairwoman. She has also been a member of the Maine Township Republican Women for over 20 years where she served as past president. In 2002, Teschky was recognized as GOP Woman of the Year by the club.
If elected committeewoman, Teschky said one of her priorities will be to hold more meetings with local Republicans.
“I understand Rosemary was ill for awhile and she suspended having meetings. I would like to reinstate that and look at starting a monthly newsletter,” Teschky said.
Mulligan took heat from Illinois Republicans last year, some calling for her ouster as GOP committeewoman, when she publicly endorsed Democrat Marty Moylan as the successor to her state house seat. Moylan ultimately won the general election.
Mulligan chose not to seek reelection as state representative after signatures on her election petitions were challenged. Mulligan had also expressed frustration with the Illinois House Republican Organization’s decision not to back her in her initial attempt to run for another term.
Mulligan said has agreed to serve on Teschky’s fundraising committee in the Republican committeeman race. Outside of that election, she said she may consider running for the Des Plaines Public Library Board and plans to continue her work on the Avenues for Independence Board.
“Right now I am seeing what I can give back to the local community,” Mulligan said.
Teschky, in turn, is looking forward to her committeewoman run and “expanding the database to any new Republicans who happen to be in Maine Township that we don’t know about. I would like to extend an invitation to them to join us.”
Teschky said she has also received endorsements from Maine Township Town Board’s current trustees, clerk, highway commissioner and assessor; former township supervisor Bob Dudycz; former state senator Dave Sullivan; and Park Ridge alderman Jim Smith, among others.