The Chicago Republican Party will launch a new candidate recruitment campaign tomorrow (Friday, March 7) entitled “A Republican American Idol, Season 2”. The campaign is designed to attract candidates to run for state legislature in the City of Chicago.
Last year, the Chicago GOP ran an “American Idol”-style process for recruiting and selecting candidates. The 150 people who responded were asked to fill out a questionnaire and then stand before a committee to make their case. 18 of them were approved and subsequently filed petitions to be on the ballot.
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Tomorrow, the Chicago GOP will launch “Season 2” of the campaign. Under the law, the Republican Party can designate candidates to be on the ballot in districts that have vacancies. The process can officially begin after the primary. After the party has designated a candidate, the candidate must get 500 signatures on a petition before June 2, 2014.
“We’re determined to fill as many ballot positions as possible,” said Chicago GOP spokesman Chris Cleveland. “We recruited an outstanding crop of candidates in the last round, and we’re looking forward to meeting a new group of hopefuls.”
The campaign will consist of robocalls, emails, social media placements, and general press releases.