Lake County GOP Chairwoman Kim Krull said Saturday she is endorsing party member Allan Katz to succeed her as chair of the county Republican Party.
Krull said she plans to run for vice chair when county Republican Party precinct committee members caucus March 2. She has been the party's chairwoman since 2009 after her predecessor John Curley died.
"I need more time to pursue some personal goals that I've had and there's a lot of time constraints with being chairman," Krull said. "I think Allan would make an excellent chairman. It will be an excellent transition."
Krull said since 2009 the party has won 23 additional Republican seats in Lake County, including its first county elected officeholder in more than 60 years and two state representative seats. The party now has more than 70 elected Republicans.*
Katz, 76, of Center Township, said he has personally underwritten the last three Lake County Reagan Breakfast fundraisers and has worked on behalf of Republican candidates for office at the county, state and federal level.
He said he served as platoon leader in the U.S. Army and was one of the first American officers to command a Special Forces unit. Katz said he spent much of his professional life as chairman of Superior Tanning Co., a leather manufacturing company.
With his candicacy, Katz wants to continue the successful policies Krull and Curley in helping Republican candidates be elected to county offices, support programs to bring jobs to the county, and broaden the county GOP base, he said. He claims to have the endorsements of nearly all the county's city and town Republican Party chairmen.
Krull said no other candidates have announced their candidacy for the position so far.
Lake County Councilman Dan Dernulc, R-Highland, told The Times last week was exploring a run for the post.
* Editor's note: This story has been updated from a previous version.
Information unclear: A story in some editions Sunday about the race for the Lake County Republican Party chairmanship was not clear about the number of Republican officeholders in the county. Current party Chairwoman Kim Krull said the party has won 23 additional Republican seats since 2009 and now has more than 70 elected Republicans.