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For many, the fall season means apple cider, carving pumpkins and raking up leaves.
For the York Township Republicans, it's all about Oktoberfest.
"The event helps raise monies for the York Township Republican Committeemen Organization," Tony Cuzzone, chairman of the group, told the DuPage Policy Journal.
Oktoberfest is lining up to be a big occasion for socializing and learning more about candidates running for local and statewide offices.
"Deanne Mazzochi and Dan Kordik may be there," Cuzzone said. "They are running for Patti Bellock’s state representative 47th District position. Paul Hinds, running for re-election as DuPage County clerk; Paula McGowen, running for DuPage County Board District 4; State Senator Chris Nybo; Forest Preserve President Joe Cantore; County Board Chairman Dan Cronin; and candidates for re-election could all be there."
This year marks the second Oktoberfest the group will have hosted, after last year's went better than anyone expected.
"The event was held for the first time with last-minute planning last year," Cuzzone said. "It was such a success, we decided to do it again."
The event is geared toward adults in the DuPage County area.
"Good music from a local band called Lake Effect, dancing, delicious food, cash bar, photo booth opportunity, camaraderie, networking opportunities and lots of fun," Cuzzone said.
Admission is $25, with the funds used to support candidates who share ticket-buyer values, Cuzzone said.
"It provides for supporting reputable and hard-working Republican candidates running for office and current Republican elected officials, while having a great time," Cuzzone said.
The York Township Republican Committeemen's Organization's main goal is to promote the principles of the Republican Party in the area, which includes Elmhurst, Lombard, Villa Park, Oak Brook, Oakbrook Terrace, as well as parts of Downers Grove, Glen Ellyn, Hinsdale and Westmont.
Cuzzone has been involved with the organization for 15 years and is proud of what the group has accomplished, especially when it comes to the now-yearly celebration.
"It’s a great opportunity to meet people, precinct committeemen, friends and elected officials in the communities who care about making a difference in government and people's lives," Cuzzone said.