NTRO’s endorsed candidates include (from left) Bruce Rauner for Governor, Doug Truax for U.S. Senate and Tom Cross for State Treasurer.
The New Trier Republican Organization endorsed Bruce Rauner for Governor, Doug Truax for U.S. Senate and Tom Cross for State Treasurer Saturday after a spirited two and a half hour session at the Wilmette Community Recreation Center.
At the session, Rauner, State Sen. Kirk Dillard, and State Sen. Bill Brady all appeared as did State Treasurer Dan Rutherford’s running mate Steven Kim of Northbrook. All four campaigns presented their cases to receive the endorsement of NTRO membership as well as the Republican organizations from Evanston and Niles townships, who were part of the event and held their own separate votes.
Rauner impressed the constituency with his calls to change the culture in Springfield, earning 80.3 percent of the votes cast.
Meanwhile, Downers Grove business owner Doug Truax, a veteran and West Point graduate, impressed the membership with his wide knowledge of health care earning 71.2 percent of the vote over State Sen. Jim Oberweis.
In the Treasurer’s race, State House Minority Leader Tom Cross bested CPA Bob Grogan by earning 60 percent of the vote.
Several other unopposed candidates received endorsements: Bob Dold for 10th Congressional District, Paul Schimpf for Attorney General, Michael Webster for Secretary of State, Judy Baar Topinka for Comptroller, Kathy Myalls for 17th Statehouse District, Dr. Mark Neerhof for 58th Congressional District, James Pieczonka for 12th District Subcircuit Judge, Herb Schumann for Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago, and Bill Cadigan for New Trier Township Committeeman.
“I am grateful for all the candidates that appeared today,” Cadigan said. “Our membership is a very thoughtful, independent-minded group, and they enjoyed the chance to hear from all the campaigns and vigorously question them on the issues. We are excited to support our endorsed candidates as they capture our party’s nomination in March and all the way to victory in November.”
Candidate for U.S. Senate Doug Truax speaks with NTRO members at the June 23 Wine and Cheese Party in Northfield.
Tired of watching U.S. Senator Dick Durbin preside over statewide and national decline, successful entrepreneur, business owner and West Point grad Doug Truax announced his candidacy Monday for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate in Illinois.
Truax is a 43-year-old political newcomer from Downers Grove who believes Illinois needs a blast of new leadership. He points to Illinois’ continued slide among states in economic growth, employment, fiscal discipline and population. He says Dick Durbin has been an prominent leader during this decline.
“At West Point, one of the first things they taught us is that you change battlefield strategies if they continually fail,” he said. “Business owners and families also know this but amazingly, in Illinois and Washington, career politicians like Dick Durbin continue to make the same tax-and-spend policy decisions without regard to results.”
Truax made his candidacy announcement in a three-minute biographical video that was released statewide and is viewable below. He plans to travel around the state in coming weeks to build momentum for his candidacy.
Currently, Truax is co-owner and managing partner of Oak Brook-based Veritas Risk Services, LLC, a strategic risk consulting firm the empowers employees in controlling their healthcare costs, benefits, retirement plants and business risk. Truax built the business from scratch in 2008, months before the brunt of the recession hit. It weathered the economic storm and has roughly $2 million in annual revenue and 10 employees.
He also is immediate past chairman of the board of Almost Home Kids, Naperville and Chicago, a community-based charity serving children who are medically fragile and their families.
Truax is a 1992 graduate of West Point, United State Military Academy. He served six years active duty as a U.S. Army Officer (Captain) and also is a graduate of U.S. Army Ranger School. He has been married 21 years with three children.
More information about Truax can be found at dougtruax.com. The campaign plans to reach out to a broad array of young people, Republicans, Independents and open-minded Democrats.
“I look forward to bringing a new energy and ultimately a new direction for the people of Illinois,” Truax said.