The race for the state Senate in the 52nd District pits an incumbent who has served in the General Assembly since 2007 against a businessman experienced in preventing cybercrime and electronic fraud.
Mike Frerichs, D-Champaign, said he decided to seek a third term because he wants to complete the work he has begun.
Age: Not given.
Political experience: Piatt County Board member since 2002, former Sangamon Township trustee
On the issues: Maintain a balanced budget; improve roads and infrastructure of the county; sell the empty county annex building; continue to work on fiber optic Internet cable project.
1003 Laura Drive
Occupation: Part-time employee at University of Illinois. Former clerk for recorder of deeds office, accountant for City of Champaign Township, and program coordinator at Champaign-Urbana Area Project.
Political experience: ran unsuccessfully for City of Champaign Township supervisor in 2009.
Occupation: Neighborhood development manager, city of Danville.
Political experience: Vermilion County Board member last 12 years and Danville alderman, Ward 2, 1987-1997.
Political experience: None.
On the issues: Change daytime meetings to make them more accessible to the public; make more records available online; economic development; bring a new perspective to a male-dominated county board.
Three candidates are running for two openings for the Piatt County Board's District 1, which is the only contested county board district on Nov. 6. Democratic challenger Kathleen Piatt is on the ballot against incumbent Republicans Jerry Brazelton and Randy Jo Keith for the district, which encompasses the top half of the county.
Age: No response.
Political experience: Former Vermilion County state's attorney
Issues: Did not respond to News-Gazette candidate questionnaire.
Michael D. Dodge
Occupation: Hourly worker, Bunge Milling.
Political experience: Six years on Vermilion County Board.
Issues: Wants Vermilion Manor Nursing Home to continue serving elderly in the county; supports keeping taxes down.
Neal A. Boyd
Occupation: Danville Area Community College student.
Political experience: Serving one-year elected term as student trustee on DACC Board of Trustees.
Randy Jo Keith
Political experience: Piatt County Board member since 2010.
On the issues: Keep county nursing home viable; continue to hold town meetings; change policy to ban phoning in of board votes; continue with fiber optic Internet cable project.