Monday, July 18, 2016

McLean County Representatives, ISU Students, Heading to GOP Convention

Three delegates from Illinois' 18th Congressional District at this week's Republican National Convention in Cleveland, according to The Pantagraph. 

Chris Gramm of Bloomington, Jim Fisher of Hudson and Brian Thielen of Chenoa will serve as the district's delegates and vote on measures including the presumed nomination of Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump. 

Bloomington-Normal will also be represented by seven students from Illinois State University, along with Political Science Professor Thomas McClure, and 10 students will join Professor Erik Rankin at the Democratic National Convention from July 25 to July 28 in Philadelphia. 

Delegates were chosen in the March 15 primary. Breitbart News Editor Mike Flynn in Quincy and former McLean County Recorder Lee Newcom of Bloomington finished first and second in polling but sadly passed away after the polling; they were replaced by the highest-polling alternatives, Fisher and Thielen. 

As for the students, they were assigned books to read and wrote a 10 to 12 page paper on changes in their parties platform. The students will volunteer and journal while on-site, then write another 10-12 page paper when they return. 

Ten students were accepted for the convention, but three dropped out after it became clear that Trump would be the Republican nominee, according to Rankin. 

Information provided by The Pantagraph

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