Shaw Gets GOP Nod for May Seat
Lake Forest attorney selected as Republican candidate to replace Lauren Turelli who withdrew from the race earlier this month.
West Deerfield Township Republican Chairman Mark Shaw of Lake Forest was named Friday as the Republican candidate in the campaign to succeed retiring state Rep. Karen May (D-Highland Park).
Shaw replaces Lauren Turelli of Lake Forest on the ballot after she withdrew from the race earlier this month. He was selected by Republican Party officials within the 58th legislative district according to provisions of state law dealing with candidate withdrawal.
The choice was made by Lake County Republican Chairman Bob Cook along with New Trier Township Committeeman Bill Cadigan and Northfield Township Committeewoman Jill Brickman in part because of Shaw’s efforts building the Republican Party in West Deerfield Township.
“Mark (Shaw) has done a great job reaching out to people and getting them involved in the party,” Cook said. “That’s what representing people is about, reaching out to them and getting them involved.”
When Shaw got the call from Cook Friday night telling him about his selection he had a number of emotions.
“I am thrilled and humbled by the responsibility given to me to carry the Republican campaign message of economic growth and reform against the Democrats heading into the November election,” Shaw said.
Shaw will be running against Democratic candidate Scott Drury of Highwood. Drury and Shaw are both attorneys. “I look forward to a positive campaign on the issues,” Shaw said.
Cook, Cadigan and Brickman picked Shaw over two other contenders, Mark Neerhof of Lake Forest and Keith Gray of Libertyville. “All three were very good choices,” Cook said. He indicated it was difficult to select among the three.