Two Republicans Vying To Replace Cavallini On McLean County Board | WGLT

Two Republicans Vying To Replace Cavallini On McLean County Board

Mar 12, 2018

The Republican primary race for McLean County Board District 1 pits the mayor of Carlock against a longtime member of the Illinois Farm Bureau board.

Running in the March 20 primary are Carlock Mayor Jeremiah Houston and Gerald Thompson, a third-generation farmer who lives east of Bloomington. Thompson said he wants the job to be a voice for those in the rural area.

McLean County Board District 1 contains the northern part of the county from east to west and dips down into the Town of Normal.
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The District 1 seat is now held by Don Cavallini, who is stepping down. The district stretches across the northern half of McLean County and dips down to a couple points in the Town of Normal.

Thompson ran as a write-in candidate against Cavallini four years ago over Cavallini's winter absences from meetings. Thompson received 30 percent of the vote, and he said he wants to try again. A wide variety of Republican county officeholders have endorsed Thompson.

Houston introduced himself as a former Democrat, current mayor of Carlock, and bus driver for First Student in the Unit 5 school district. Bloomington Mayor Tari Renner has endorsed Houston.

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