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Coates is lone applicant for McLean County Board's vacant District 4 seat

Matt Coates
Matt Coates

The likely new Mclean County Board member for District 4 in Normal is Mathew Coates, who would replace Ben Webb until the November election, if appointed later this month.

Coates is the sole applicant for the vacancy created when Webb bought a house outside the district. In his letter to the board, Coates said already was collecting petition signatures to run for the seat when he heard of the vacancy.

Webb is a Democrat and a member of that party must be appointed to fill the remainder of his term.

Coates is the communications director for District 87 and previously worked for Project Oz as a restorative school specialist and the Children's Home Association as a clinical coordinator of youth services and a crisis counselor.

He graduated from Illinois State University and was a walk-on athlete with the basketball team. Coates has a master's degree from Bradley University in Peoria.

Coates, who will make a presentation to the county board's executive committee next week, says in his letter that his core life missions are to improve the lives of others and to make a difference in the community.

His volunteer service includes Bloomington Rotary, The ISU Athletic Council, D87 Diversity-Equity-and Inclusion Committee, and the BCAI (Breaking Chains Advancing Increase) School of Arts in Bloomington.

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WGLT Senior Reporter Charlie Schlenker has spent more than three award-winning decades in radio. He lives in Normal with his family.
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