Thinking About Becoming A Republican Candidate in Chicago?

Chicago is dominated by Democrats, and has been that way for decades.  The Chicago GOP doesn’t kid itself into thinking that seasoned politicians will knock down our doors wanting to run as Republicans.  And that’s just fine with us!  When we look at what the “political professionals” have accomplished in driving Illinois to the brink of bankruptcy, we’d much rather have real people on our ticket -- candidates new to the game of politics, but experienced in making the type of common sense decisions that can get the job done for the people of Illinois.

Because the Democrats protect their jobs by making it tough to figure out how to get in the game, we’re ready to help you each step of the way with the expertise you need to run a credible campaign.  So, don’t worry about bringing your skills and experience to this new arena.  The Chicago GOP will take the lead in making sure you comply with all relevant election and reporting laws. 

We’ll work with you and your volunteers to collect petition signatures, and defend them when your opponent tries to remove you from the ballot. We’ll help you get your message out.  We’ll help you understand the ins-and-outs of the major policy issues facing the state.  We'll work to make you a success.

Before we work with you, though, we need to make sure you’re a Republican and up to the challenge. We’ve designed a vetting process that gives us a chance to get to know you and gives you the chance to determine how comfortable you are with the realities of politics in Chicago. 

The first step in the vetting process is in your hands.  Email your contact information and the reasons you'd be a good candidate to candidates@chicagogop.com. We'll send you a longer survey about your views and your qualifications.

Don’t worry about the possibility of right and wrong answers, or be concerned that we’re going to distribute this information to anyone without your approval.  We just want to know where you’re coming from, why you’re interested in running, what you bring to the table, and your general ideas on the major policy issues of the day.

Once you complete the first step, we’ll contact you to set up an interview.  After that, the Candidate Recruitment Committee and Chicago GOP leaders will review your application materials and let you know whether you’ve gotten the Party’s nod.

If you care about our city and state, and if you’re willing to invest your time and energy to work hard on behalf of the people of Illinois, then we urge you to give it a shot and apply.  Now is the time for right-thinking people to step up to the plate and bring much-needed change to Illinois!

Reach us at: candidates@chicagogop.com