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35 candidates file for McLean County Board seats; 6 incumbents won't be back

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Eric Stock
Illinois' primary election will be held June 28, 2022.

Primaries will be needed to reduce the field in two McLean County Board races this year.

Monday was the final day for candidates to file for the June 28 primary election. All 20 McLean County Board seats are up for election.

Fourteen incumbents filed for re-election and 21 newcomers also submitted nominating petitions, according to an online database from the McLean County clerk's office, though one candidate, Gary Stevens, later withdrew his candidacy.

Three Republicans filed in District 2 (southeastern McLean County): County Board vice chair Jim Soeldner and fellow incumbent Bill Friedrich, along with challenger Tyler Bahan.

Three Democrats filed in District 9 (south Bloomington): Brandy Elmore, Natalie Roseman-Mendoza and Julie Hahn. The top two vote-getters will make it to the general election on Nov. 8.

The two top vote-getters in each district will participate in a lottery to determine who will serve two-year terms and who will serve four-year terms.

Six incumbent board members — Republicans Josh Barnett, Randall Martin, Gerald Thompson, and Democrats Hannah Beer, Sharon Chung and Shayna Watchinski — did not file for re-election.

County officeholder McLean County Clerk Kathy Michael filed for re-election. Democrat Laura McBurney also filed for the office.

Sheriff's Lt. Matt Lane is the only candidate to file for sheriff. Jon Sandage is not running for re-election after two terms.

County Treasurer Rebecca McNeil is running for re-election. Libertarian Charles Sila filed for treasurer.

Following are County Board candidate filings (as of 5:30 p.m. Monday). Two board members will be elected in each district.

  • District 1 (northern McLean County)
    Catherine Metsker, Republican (incumbent)
    Adam Reeves, Republican
    Janis B. Hollins, Democrat
    Marcia S. Beaman, Democrat 
  • District 2 (southeast McLean County)
    Bill Friedrich, Republican (incumbent)
    Jim Soeldner, Republican (incumbent, vice chair)
    Tyler Bahan, Republican
  • District 3 (southwest McLean County)
    Lyndsay Bloomfield, Republican (District 9 incumbent)
    Fay Freeman-Smith, Democrat
    George Wendt, Republican (incumbent)
  • District 4 (northwest Normal)
    Matt Coates, Democrat (incumbent)
    Jim Rogal, Democrat (incumbent)
    Jerry Klinker, Republican
    Steve Harsh, Republican
  • District 5 (north central and east Normal)
    Elizabeth Johnston, Democrat (incumbent)
    John McIntyre, Republican (incumbent, board chair)
    Hannah Blumenshine, Republican
  • District 6 (Uptown Normal and Illinois State University campus)
    Beverly Bell, Democrat (incumbent)
    Jack Henry Abraham, Democrat
  • District 7 (east Bloomington)
    Geoff Tompkins, Republican
    Donald Crop, Republican
    Val Laymon, Democrat (incumbent)
    Benjamin Webb, Democrat
  • District 8 (west Bloomington)
    Jeanne Biles, Democrat
    Lea Cline, Democrat (incumbent)
    Vicki Schultz, Republican
    Gary Stevens, Republican (later withdrew)
  • District 9 (south Bloomington)
    Brandy Elmore, Democrat
    Natalie Roseman-Mendoza, Democrat
    Annette Fellows, Republican
    Susan Schafer, Republican (incumbent)
    Julie Hahn, Democrat
  • District 10 (far east Bloomington, Normal)
    Chuck Erickson, Republican (incumbent)
    William Holditch, Republican
    Corey T.J. Bierne, Democrat
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Updated: May 5, 2022 at 4:11 PM CDT
This story was updated to indicate Gary Stevens has withdrawn his candidacy.
Corrected: March 15, 2022 at 9:20 AM CDT
WGLT corrected the story to add a candidate previously omitted in District 7.
Eric Stock is the News Director at WGLT. You can contact Eric at ejstoc1@ilstu.edu.
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