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Grundy Democrats re-elect Olewinski as chairman

Clemmons, Macdonald, Wilhelm also named officers April 18

Mike Olewinski was re-elected April 18 to his second term as chairman of the Grundy County Democratic Central Committee.
Mike Olewinski was re-elected April 18 to his second term as chairman of the Grundy County Democratic Central Committee.

Mike Olewinski will serve a second term as chairman of the Grundy County Democratic Central Committee.

He and other officers were elected April 18, when the local Democratic party held its bi-annual reorganization meeting at The Rockwell in Morris. Other officers elected were Mike Clemmons as vice chairman, Angela Macdonald as secretary and Yolanda Wilhelm as treasurer. All officers were elected to serve until 2014.

Now in his second term as local party chairman, Olewinski served previously as the treasurer for over two terms.

“I am humbled and honored to receive the support of my fellow committeemen to be the chairman of the party for another term,” Olewinski said.

An attorney in Morris with his own practice, Olewinski is married to Leta Olewinski, owner of The Mane Event Family Hair Salon in Morris, and has two children and one grandchild.

“As chairman, I will work with all the Democratic committeemen, elected officials and candidates to bring their message to the voters of Grundy County and support the election of these wonderful, hardworking people,” he said.

“We invite everyone to come out this Friday, May 4, to the VFW in Morris, starting at 5 p.m., to meet other Democrats, elected officials and candidates. There will be dinner, drinks, entertainment and the keynote speaker will be our own Senator Dick Durbin.”

Clemmons is serving his first term as vice chairman, having just served as secretary for the Grundy Democrats. He is also a candidate for the Grundy County Board in District 2 in the November 2012 election.

A life-long resident of Grundy County, Clemmons currently lives in Minooka with his wife, Lisa Clemmons, and his five children. He is a journeyman wireman with IBEW Local 176 and teaches apprenticeship and journeyman classes for the IBEW, as well as being an instructor at Illinois Valley Community College.

Clemmons is active in his community as a member of the Minooka Lions Club and as commissioner with the Minooka Planning and Zoning Commission.

“I want to thank all of the committeemen that elected me to this position and will work hard for them, as well as the Democratic elected officials and candidates, during this election season,” Clemmons said.

Macdonald, the new secretary for the Grundy Democrats, is a resident of Morris, having moved from Minooka three years ago. She is a clerk with seven years experience in the Grundy County Clerk/Recorder’s office.

Macdonald is married to Ryan Macdonald. They have two children.

“I look forward to meeting all of the committeemen and working with the Democrats over the next two years,” she said, “and I want to thank the committeemen for their support.”

Wilhelm, elected treasurer for the Grundy Democrats, is married to Don Wilhelm. They have three children. She is also a candidate for Grundy County Board in District 2 this election.

A member of St. Ann Catholic Church, Channahon/Minooka Chamber of Commerce, Lakewood Trails Architectural Committee and the fundraising committee for the Chanooka Braves, Wilhelm believes in serving her community.

She is employed by Minooka School District 111, while her husband is a boilermaker with Local 1.

“I am honored to be the new treasurer for the Grundy Democrats and want to thank them for their faith in me,” she said. "I will use my experience to support all the local Democrats this election season.”

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