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2 candidates apply for a seat on the McLean County Board

The McLean County Board adopted a $139.1 million budget Tuesday.
Eric Stock
The McLean County Board will appoint a new board member for District 6 on Thursday, Feb. 10.

A McLean County Board committee will consider two Democratic candidates to fill a short-term vacancy on the board.

Retiree Beverly Bell and Illinois State University doctoral student Derek Lough, both of Normal, were the two candidates who applied to fill the vacancy in District 6 that covers much of the ISU campus and parts of west Normal.

Bell worked for the Normal Police Department for 25 years, including 15 as a service representative at the front desk.

"I am a long-standing resident of McLean County. My family has been active in the community for more than a century," Bell wrote in her application.

Lough has served on ISU's Graduate Student Advisory Council. He previously volunteered as the policy director for the Young Democrats of Illinois and organized a mutual aid group in McLean County.

Democrat Laurie Wollrabresigned from the board at the end of 2021. At the time she'd been the longest-serving Democrat on the board.

The county is required to appoint a replacement from the same party. Bell and Lough will meet with the County Board Executive Committee at 4 p.m. Monday. County Board Chair John McIntyre will nominate a candidate for the board to consider at its monthly meeting on Feb. 10.

The person appointed will serve the remaining nine months of Wollrab's term.

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