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Hispanic Aurora Woman Named State GOP Co-chair

The new co-chairman of the Illinois Republican State Central Committee is now Aurora resident, Gabriela Wyatt.

Saturday, Wyatt was appointed by party Chairman Pat Brady of St. Charles and received a unanimous vote from the state GOP committee.

“She will be an invaluable asset as we continue to broaden the party base and recruit new candidates to serve in public office,” said Brady.

In 1992, Wyatt emigrated from Mexico to Aurora, where she now lives with her husband, Bill Wyatt, a senior engineer at Motorola.

Wyatt is also VP of the Illinois Republican National Hispanic Assembly (ILRNHA) and as well as other Kane County committees of which she says she will not run for re-election due to Saturday’s appointment.

18 years ago, Wyatt came to the U.S. on a three-month vacation to visit her father who owned a restaurant in Aurora. She said her only goal was to learn English and return to Mexico, but on the second day of her visit, she met Bill Wyatt. The couple wed, and now have two children.

She does not believe her appointment as co-chairman will bring a sudden surge of Hispanic voters to the party, but says it is the responsibility of all Republicans to spread their message to the Hispanic population.

“I think that some (Hispanics) are Republicans but they don’t know it yet.”