Dianne Barghouti Hardwick, the treasurer of the Sangamon County Republican Party, was unanimously selected as its next chairwoman in a vote of precinct committeemen and committeewomen Wednesday.
Barghouti Hardwick succeeds Rosemarie Long, who died Feb. 3 in Peoria.
The term expires in March 2022 when Barghouti Hardwick can run again.
She is a precinct committeewoman for Capital Precinct 082 and a regional chair for precinct committeemen.
Barghouti Hardwick also sits on the Springfield Airport Authority.
“In some ways I carry forward with Rosemarie Long’s open door policy,” Barghouti Hardwick said Thursday. “Republicans actually have a big tent. We believe in our ideals which center around lower taxes and efficient government. I think that’s really our big draw.
“We have some (Republican members) who go all the way to the great generation and then all the way up to the young people. We also have to reach out and include all kinds of minorities. We have some. We need to include more.”
Barghouti Hardwick said she comes from a long family line of Republicans. Her father, J. Richard “Dick” Kaylor, was active in the party way back into the 1930s and trained former chairman Irv Smith. Her family roots in the Springfield area go back to the 1840s.
Barghouti Hardwick said she has “a good relationship” with new Illinois GOP chairman Don Tracy, who happens to live in her precinct.
She is a past winner of the Lowell Fraim Award for service to the GOP on a county level. Fraim, a longtime party leader, died in 2016.
“She’s worked in the trenches for the Republican Party for many years and it’s really exciting to see somebody from the trenches move to the top of the ladder,” said Sangamon County Board chairman Andy Van Meter Thursday. “We’re very excited to have her.”
Barghouti Hardwick has two grown children and two grown grandchildren and five step-children who have six children.
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