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County board member to lead Kendall GOP : News : Oswego Ledger-Sentinel : Hometown Newspaper for Oswego and Montgomery, Illinois
County board member to lead Kendall GOP
Gryder elected chairman; wants to boost outreach efforts, fund-raising

by Matt Schury


Scott Gryder of Oswego was elected Monday by the Kendall County Republican Party's Central Committee to be the party's next chairman.

Gryder replaces former chairman Ken Toftoy who resigned in March. Toftoy had been chairman since 2010.

Gryder is a current member of the Kendall County Board and is an attorney.

The voting record supplied by Matthew Prochaska, the committee's secretary, shows Gryder received 3,959 votes, 387 more than the 3,572 required to be elected chairman.

Prochaska explained that the precinct committeemen's votes are weighted based on the number of Republicans that voted in their precinct in the last GOP primary election.

He said that Gryder was a good fit because he brings energy to the party and already proved he could lead the Kendall County Young Republicans as their chairman.

Also nominated, Monday, were Joe Gillespie, the board's vice chairman, and Carlo Colosimo, a Yorkville alderman. Neither candidate received more than 50 percent of votes, which is required to be elected chairman.

Gryder is a committeeman for Oswego Precinct 2 who has been on the committee since 2006. He said that he is looking to increase outreach, fundraising and training for GOP members.

"Kendall County has grown so much over the last, now, almost two decades and we have not done an effective job reaching out to Oswego, Aurora, Joliet and Plainfield or the new neighborhoods in Yorkville and Plano," Gryder said. "That's something that I think we need to do a better job of and at the same time we have to work with our base who has been here forever."

He acknowledged that there are deep roots in the party in Kendall County but wants to continue to bring the sometimes divided local party together.

"Barack Obama was the first time in 2008, that it went Democratic except for the Bull Moose Party in 1912," Gryder said.

He added that he didn't plan on being chairman of the GOP central committee when he joined it seven years ago.

"It was time to get involved. Nobody had ever knocked on my door so that's why I decided to run for precinct committeeman originally and it all just kind of snowballed from there," he said.

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