Harlan says his conservatism may have kept him from GOP committeeman seat in 17th District
For the past several years, Patrick Harlan of Galesburg has been fighting for the Republican state committeeman seat in the 17th Congressional District, pledging to passionately fight for conservative values that he holds so dear.
Again this year, Harlan sought the same seat but was unable to sway enough individuals to ensure his placement in the 17th Congressional District ballot for the April 18 election.
Harlan said the process for selecting the committeeman may appear strange.
"Democrats make their decision during the midterm elections while Republicans only allow just the elected precinct committeemen to vote on their state central committeeman," Harlan told the West Central Reporter. "This results in what is called the 'good ol boy club' and it is extremely difficult to overcome an incumbent in this situation because they are typically hand-picked."
Harlan said his dedication to conservatism and unwillingness to sway from his values may have had a roile in his not being selected.
"I am an unapologetic conservative that the establishment does not want to have in the executive committee," Harlan said.
While this election may be over, Harlan is not giving up on his passion for true political reform.
"I am never opposed to running if no one else steps forward," Harland said. "I believe that we should always provide an option for others to vote on. American democracy is best served when all people have an opportunity to have their voices heard."
The 17th Congressional District encompasses northeast Illinois and includes such towns as Rockford, Galena, Moline, Kirkwood and Pekin.