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SCCRP Membership Newsletter September, 2021 Issue #1

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St. Clair County Republican Party Membership Newsletter

 September 2021                   StClairCountyRepublicans.com                   Issue #1

From The Chairman

Welcome to the St. Clair County Republican Party’s inaugural Membership Newsletter!  Within each newsletter, we’ll share critical information to our Party’s members.  Articles will cover a wide variety of topics including what’s happening in St. Clair County politics, how the County Republican Party is aggressively promoting our core values, and introductions to County Republican leaders. Please let us know what you’d like to see in upcoming newsletters by sending your comments and questions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Thank you for being a strong supporter of the Republican Party in St. Clair County! 

Cheryl Mathews

St. Clair County Republican Party Core Values

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Freedom

Equality

Opportunity

Limited Government

Low Taxes

Strong National Security

The Right To Life

St. Clair County Republican Party Files Redistricting Lawsuit

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The St Clair Republican Central Committee has filed a lawsuit against the St Clair County Board Chairman, Mark Kern, and the St. Clair County Clerk, Thomas Holbrook, for the County redistricting map which was approved by the St. Clair County Board on June 2, 2021.  The lawsuit claims that unequal representation in County Board districts is unfair to St. Clair County voters.

A US census is done every ten years in order to understand population shifts. The redistricting maps for county board districts are to reflect those shifts to ensure that voters have equal representation in their government.  The map approved by the County Board was created without the 2020 US census data which is required to ensure that districts are substantially equal - a requirement set out by state statute.  If Kern’s current County Board population estimates are added together, he suggests there are 262,338 residents in St. Clair County.  2020 US Census data, released on August 16th, says that there are 256,083 residents.  As a result, Kern’s map, which was approved on June 2nd, does not reflect the loss of 6,255 residents to other counties/states.  It also ignores population shifts within the county.A US census is done every ten years in order to understand population shifts. The redistricting maps for county board districts are to reflect those shifts to ensure that voters have equal representation in their government.  The map approved by the County Board was created without the 2020 US census data which is required to ensure that districts are substantially equal - a requirement set out by state statute.  If Kern’s current County Board population estimates are added together, he suggests there are 262,338 residents in St. Clair County.  2020 US Census data, released on August 16th, says that there are 256,083 residents.  As a result, Kern’s map, which was approved on June 2nd, does not reflect the loss of 6,255 residents to other counties/states.  It also ignores population shifts within the county.

Of specific concern is the fact that Kern’s board districts have populations varying from 8,601 to 9,475.  According to Kern’s flawed data, there is a 10.2% deviation between the largest and smallest county board district.  As a result, voters in districts with smaller populations have more of an impact on the trajectory of the county than voters in districts with larger populations.  For example, voters in County Board District A (8,600 constituents) have more voting power than voters in County Board District B (9,475 constituents).  While individual voters in both districts only have 1 vote, voters in County Board District A have more access to their County Board member and, therefore, more influence on the County Board than voters in district B.

In addition, the proposed map by Kern gives over-representation to the western portions of the county, which are traditionally Democrat.  Specifically, the population shift away from East St Louis found in the 2020 US Census data is not accurately reflected in the approved map.  According to US Census data, East St Louis' population has decreased from 27,432 in 2011 to 18,516 today.  Despite a loss of 8,916 residents, East St. Louis still has three county board members.

 Finally, the odd shapes of the currently proposed districts accommodate current Democrat incumbents.  According to statute, districts are to be compact, not having long elongated shapes cutting across multiple townships.  In the approved map, Districts 4 and 5 barely contain the residences of Democrats Lonnie Mosley and Roy Mosley Jr, and District 8, which Democrat Steve Gomric represents, has a tail sticking far into District 17.  District 11, which Democrat Ken Sharkey represents, cuts into district 10 to capture Sharkey’s subdivision.  Kern “cherry picked” down to individual streets and subdivisions for district 14, which Democrat Robert Trentman represents.

 The lawsuit utilizes these facts to point out that a number of State and Federal statutes and laws were violated in the creation of the approved County Board map.  It will be decided by the United States District Court, Southern Illinois District.  The case was originally randomly assigned to the docket of the Judge Steve McGlynn on August 12, 2021.  However, Judge McGlynn has recused himself so as not to preside over the lawsuit of his home county.  Judge David Dugan, appointed to the federal bench by Donald Trump, is now presiding over St Clair County's lawsuit.

 Please consider making a donation in support of the lawsuit and the drawing of an alternate map which will ensure County voters are fairly represented: https://stclaircountyrepublicans.com/index.php/donate When making a donation in support of this effort, please note on the PayPal or credit card form that it is specifically intended for the lawsuit.

Cheryl Mathews, Michael Butler, and Joe Wojtal

YOU ARE NOT ALONE!

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At times it seems being a Republican in St Clair County is as rare as being an alligator in Alaska.   The good news is there are a lot more Republicans and swing Democrats and Independents in our county than you might believe.  Using the 2020 General Election results, absent East St Louis, here are the results of the major races:

 Donald Trump/Mike Pence got 56,869 votes.  Joe ImageBiden/Kamala Harris received 60,198 votes.  The margin in the county was only 3,329 votes despite all the slanted news about President Trump and the two impeachments!  For the Congressional race, Mike Bost won with 61,284 votes compared to Ray Lenzi with 54,291.  The voter turnout for the 2020 election in our county was very high at 68%, at 120,612 total votes out of the 177,097 registered voters in St Clair County (SCC).  I believe many swing Democrats and Independents voted for Congressman Bost as his voter total was higher than for President Trump.  

So where do we perform well?  Republicans consistently win most precincts east of Greenmount Road and north of US 50.  We also do fairly well east of Illinois Route 159 (North and South Illinois Street).  Our challenge is voter turnout and, of course, the impact of East St Louis.  In 2020 East St Louis had a 53% turnout, which was much lower than SCC’s turnout, but they consistently vote Democrat at a 97% rate.  Using the Congressional race, Ray Lenzi received 7,761 votes and Mike Bost a mere 439.  Their election board reports 16,269 registered voters. 

There’s more good news.  In the 2020 census estimate, most communities west of Greenmount Road lost population.  Belleville lost over 4,000 and East St Louis lost at least 1200 residents.  Pre- Cahokia Heights communities and Washington Park also lost residents.  The only communities in SCC gaining residents were Mascoutah, O’Fallon, Shiloh and Smithton.  The results may show more gains using township maps as they take in unincorporated areas where we are seeing growth east of Greenmount Road and north of US 50.  This could result in more Republican votes in these townships and precincts.

Many political analysts moved SCC from “Blue” to “Purple” which means there are increasing numbers of Republicans, along with some swing Democrats and Independents supporting Republican candidates.  The only Democrat stronghold left in Southern Illinois is Carbondale, a university town, due to Madison County turning redder and our county turning “purple.”   Many political analysts moved SCC from “Blue” to “Purple” which means there are increasing numbers of Republicans, along with some swing Democrats and Independents supporting Republican candidates.  The only Democrat stronghold left in Southern Illinois is Carbondale, a university town, due to Madison County turning redder and our county turning “purple.”   Our challenge is:  TURNOUT.  Using historical East St Louis vote totals, which have declined over the years due to the hard work of our Central Committee challenging their voter rosters, we have to gain at least 8,000 more votes to counter East St. Louis and add on at least 3800 more votes to win St Clair County for a total of 11,329 (using 2020 statistics).  I can remember when East St Louis had 10,000 voters in past elections for a total vote margin of 13,000.  Future articles will feature the focused races we need to work hard to win—state senate, state representatives, county board members and sharply focused county wide offices. 


Phil Henning

Meet The Republicans: Cheryl Mathews, Chairman, St. Clair County Republican Central Committee

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As the Chairman of the Central Committee, Cheryl is the leader of the Republican Party in St. Clair County.  Her primary mission is to recruit, support, and elect Republicans to public offices having jurisdiction in St Clair County.  Her responsibilities include organizing and leading the local party, recruiting precinct committeemen (PCs) and strong Republican candidates, overseeing Republican candidate filing and the Republican primary, and chairing executive committee meetings.

Cheryl got involved in the Republican Party after her family responsibilities became less time-consuming and she was able to spend more time observing what’s happening in the world and in our country.  After seeing how those events are impacting IL and St. Clair County, she decided that she couldn’t sit back and do nothing as all five of her grandchildren are facing a very different world than she did growing up and that her sons faced as they grew up.  She wants to ensure that they have the same freedom and the same opportunities as her generation did.

Cheryl’s goal for the Republican Party is to make it better, stronger, and more consistent in order to become a powerful force that can positively alter the present and the future.  She says, “The executive committee is working together to support our Republican members and voters, who are the foundation of our organization.  It works with our Republican PCs who educate voters, participate in party events to promote unity and raise funds, and work elections to ensure the integrity of the ballot process.  It’s these grassroots efforts of the base which will effect change in St. Clair County.”

Cheryl, whose husband passed away in 2013 after 36 years of marriage, is the former President of the local Republican Women chapter.  She’s a USO volunteer and, before Covid, she was teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) to refugees in St Louis and reading to her granddaughters' public school classes ("Reading Grandma!”).  At her church, Metro East Christian Fellowship, Cheryl is the team lead for the Kingdom Expansion Team, and, within her HOA, she acts as the secretary.  She has three married sons, five grandchildren, and a new grandbaby on the way.

You can reach Cheryl at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Joe Wojtal

Member Q&A

Q1.  Why are you optimistic about the outlook for Republicans in St. Clair County?Q1.  Why are you optimistic about the outlook for Republicans in St. Clair County?

A1.  I think the citizens of St. Clair County believe in the tenets that the Republican Party embraces and is aggressively promoting - freedom, equality, opportunity, limited government, low taxes, strong national security, and the right to life.  If we nominate candidates that commit to driving the County government to deliver on these tenets, I believe the Republican Party will ultimately be successful in turning the County red.

Q2.  How does turning St. Clair County red help the Republican cause in the Country and in the State.

A2.  The Democrats’ majority in the US House is only eight seats and, in the US Senate, there is no majority.  All of this, after the top of the Republican’s national ticket in 2020 regularly sparked controversy.  In Illinois in 2020, we clearly made progress in adding more Republicans to elected office, and IL citizens stood with us as we stopped Gov. Pritzker’s ill-conceived tax increase.
We must continue to work to see our tenets enacted at all levels of government in order to continue to attract voters to our just cause.  I firmly believe that the majority of voters believe in those tenets and that aggressively promoting them will allow us, in 2022, to flip the US House and regain control of the US Senate while adding more Republicans to office in Illinois to continue to decrease the Democrats’ hold on power in the State.
I believe the momentum is with us if we stay committed to our tenets and stick together as a Party.

Q3.  How should we react to the Democrats’ platform?

A3.  We should make the differences between the two Parties abundantly clear.  I don’t believe average American voters actually are buying what the Democrats are selling.  If that were the case, President Biden’s approval rating wouldn’t be in a freefall – his approval rating in the latest USA Today/Suffolk University poll is 41%.  This freefall is due to the skyrocketing amount of violent crime in our country, hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants crossing our open southern border, Americans’ real wages falling due to inflation caused by massive government spending, and the teachers’ unions’ attempts to indoctrinate our children – all driven by Democrat actions in direct opposition to our tenets.

The Republican Party needs to make it clear that we stand for our tenets for all Americans.  As a Party, we must continue to embrace and aggressively promote these tenets as they are key to empowering every citizen in order to achieve his or her God-given potential regardless of race, color, creed, or zip code.  This truly is the most just cause as achieving their potential enables each citizen to thoroughly enjoy their unalienable rights, including life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.  If we do that, we’ll continue to attract voters in the County and, across the Country, to our just cause.

Please let us know what other questions to which you’d like to see an answer in upcoming newsletters by sending your questions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Joe Wojtal

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