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1 candidate files for short-term McLean County Board appointment

Government Center building
Emily Bollinger
The Government Center in downtown Bloomington.

A candidate Democrats slated to run in the November election for McLean County Board will likely be an incumbent on Election Day.

Krystle Able of Normal is the only candidate to file for an open seat on the board in District 4 that covers parts of Normal. Matt Coates stepped down in June after being named to serve on the Illinois Prisoner Review Board.

The county is required to fill the vacancy with a candidate from the same party.

Able is an organizer with the Illinois Alliance for Retired Americans, according to her application to the county. She also is vice president of McLean County Young Democrats and a Democratic precinct committee person. Able has also volunteered for several nonprofits, including the One People’s Campaign that advocates for progressive causes.

The appointment would be through November. All 20 County Board seats are on the ballot in the fall election.

The county Democratic party selected Able to run in the general election, along with incumbent Democrat Jim Rogal for the two board seats in District 4.

Republican candidates Jerry Klinker and Steve Harsh also have filed for the district in the November election.

Able is scheduled to meet with the McLean County Board’s executive committee on Monday afternoon. The full county board is expected to fill the vacancy during its meeting on Thursday.

Corrected: August 8, 2022 at 8:12 PM CDT
This story has been updated to reflect Able's role with the One People's Campaign.
Eric Stock is the News Director at WGLT. You can contact Eric at ejstoc1@ilstu.edu.
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