McLean County Democrats are now targeting a third countywide office.
Former County Board member Erik Rankin of Bloomington announced Monday he's running for circuit clerk in 2020. That position is now held by Republican Don Everhart, who ran unopposed in 2016.
“After meeting with numerous attorneys, paralegals and citizens that use the office of Circuit Clerk on a daily basis, I am convinced that the office needs new leadership and a different direction,” Rankin said in a statement. “With a renewed focus on customer service and better use of technology, the Circuit Clerk can better serve the residents of McLean County.”
Rankin works as an undergraduate advisor and assistant to the department chair at Illinois State University's Department of Politics and Government. He's also served as chair of the McLean County Democratic Party since 2018. Rankin served on the County Board for 10 years and is a former vice chair of its Justice Committee.
“I believe that my experience as an administrator and organizer can provide the leadership the circuit clerk’s office needs to bring the department into the 21st century,” said Rankin. “In so many ways, McLean County is the shining example of innovation and it’s time the office of the circuit clerk joins that movement.”
Earlier this month, Democrat Abbi Sorrells announced a run for county coroner against incumbent Republican Kathy Yoder. Democrat Rob Fazzini is running for auditor, which is now held by incumbent Republican Michelle Anderson. Republicans currently hold all eight countywide offices.
Last week, a record seven Democrats announced their candidacies for County Board.
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