Rising to the top of GOP advocates

DeWayne Bartels
Carol Hornickle has already risen to the presidency of the Peoria County Republican Women and becomes third vice president of the Illinois Federation of Republican Women, taking office Jan. 1.

Carol Hornickle has already risen to the presidency of the Peoria County Republican Women. She is now climbing the ranks of the Republican women’s organization statewide.

Hornickle is third vice president of the Illinois Federation of Republican Women, taking office Jan. 1.

Hornickle, a North Peorian, said one of the most important things the IFRW does is provide opportunities to showcase Republican candidates.

But, Hornickle will have much more to handle than that as vice president. She will oversee committees involved with conference planning, legislation, scholarships, Americanism, vendor resources and achievements.

Promoting Americanism, she said, is an aspect of her duties she wants to strongly promote.

“It’s about going to schools. High school students, I am told, do not even have to say the Pledge of Allegiance,” she said. “Some adults don’t even know the pledge. We need to make sure that those who do know it know what it means. The Constitution is also at the heart of what we need to be addressing with all people.”

Hornickle is in her second term as president of Peoria County Republican Women, a role in which she is working to bring recognition to Republican candidates locally.

“All politics are local. We have six Republican candidates in two races for judge. They won’t be able to garner a lot of cash,” she said. “We need to help bring them recognition. Otherwise, people will just go down the ballot and vote for names they recognize.”

Hornickle said the Peoria County Republican Women are doing very well, with a membership of 152.

“This is the year we need to have people who believe in the Republican Party get active. We have an opportunity to win back some important seats statewide. We do not hold one constitutional seat. If Democrats are not vulnerable now, I don’t know when they will be,” she said.

“I think the Republican Party is strong, but a lot of people aren’t as active as they should be. But, I think people are getting worried about how quickly and drastically things have changed. There is one-party control. There is a bully mentality in the statehouse,” she said.