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Q&A: Will County Republican Chairman talks midterms and if Trump helps or hurts the party

Marianne DeMeritt, Will County Republican Chairman
Marianne DeMeritt, Will County Republican Chairman

The election is less than a month away and both parties have been holding events and talking to voters.

Marianne DeMeritt, Chairman of the Will County Republicans, said local voters on both side are energized. Will County Republicans are defending a couple of countywide positions and control of the county board this election.

DeMeritt spoke with Herald-News reporter Alex Ortiz about what she views as the most important factor in this year’s elections and whether President Donald Trump makes her job easier or more difficult.

Ortiz: What most concerns you about this year’s election?

DeMeritt: I’m most concerned that we elect qualified candidates. That’s something that has been sorely lacking not only in the county, but at the state level and nationally. There are many smart, educated people that run for office, but they have no business in that office.

Ortiz: Could you be more specific?

DeMeritt: Take some of the offices that are held now. I think we have to have people who know what they’re doing and in some instances we already have them and I would like to proudly say they are Republicans. We don’t have that in some of the offices but no, I will not be specific. To me, it’s pretty obvious to people who is qualified and who isn’t.

Ortiz: Does President Trump help or hurt you in this election at the local level?

DeMeritt: That’s a mixed bag question. The problem is that my opinion is that he helps me and he helps the people that are receptive to him. For those that are not, he doesn’t. How does this help us overall? I would hope that people would recognize that he is really helping with the economy. How others feel? I don’t know. For me? Yes. The party? It’s hard to say.

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