Republican committeeman Pete Podgorski resigns from 38th Ward
Republican committeeman Pete Podgorski has resigned his post in the 38th Ward.
Cook County Republican Party Chairman Sean Morrison said Podgorski’s decision was motivated by his desire to make way for the next generation of local GOP leaders.
Charles Hernandez, a Chicago Police Department detective, will replace Podgorski, Morrison said. Elected in 2012 following a four-way race, Podgorski has endorsed Hernandez as his replacement.
Meanwhile, the Northwest Side GOP Chairman Matt Podgorski has appointed Jon Luers as deputy 38th Ward Committeeman.
Also, a circuit court ruled in favor of the plaintiff in a suit over bylaw changes related to eligibility for office.
The ruling stems from the Graves vs. Cook County Republican Party case from 2016. It outlines that “[a] vacancy shall exist in the office of Republican committeeman in any ward or township in which an elected or appointed committeeman votes, or has voted, in the primary for another political party in the previous eight years.”
As a result, all Committeemen elected in 2016 will now officially be seated by the party.