At least three candidates for recorder in Vermilion County

DANVILLE — Just days before the candidate filing period begins, three candidates have announced their intent to run for Vermilion County Recorder of Deeds in 2012.

So far, attorney Tom O'Shaughnessy, special education teacher Deborah Runyan and Vermilion County Financial Resources Director Nikki Bogart have announced they are running for the countywide recorder's office next year. Earlier this year, Recorder Barbara Young, a longtime Republican officeholder, announced that she would not seek re-election to the office.

Recorder of deeds is one of many county offices up for election in November 2012. Others include Vermilion County coroner, circuit clerk, auditor and state's attorney. Auditor Linda Lucas Anstey and state's Attorney Randy Brinegar have already announced they intend to seek re-election. And due to redistricting, all 27 seats on the county board will be up for election next year, including Vermilion County Board Chairman Jim McMahon.

That should make for a busy day at the Vermilion County Clerk's office on Monday, the first day that candidates can begin filing their nominating petitions in the clerk's office to have their names listed on the March primary ballot. The filing period continues through Dec. 5.

O'Shaughnessy and Runyan both plan to seek the Republican nomination for recorder of deeds in the March 20 primary, while Bogart intends to seek the Democratic party's nomination for the office.

O'Shaughnessy announced his candidacy earlier this year, and Runyan announced her candidacy in a news release Wednesday. Bogart said Wednesday she also intends to file.

Runyan, 59, of Danville, has been a special education teacher for 22 years and is retiring from the Danville school district. Runyan earned her bachelor's degree from Blackburn College in Carlinville, and her masters in education administration from Eastern Illinois University in 2002. She has been a longstanding member of the Danville Education Association, Illinois Education Association and National Education Association, and has served in elected roles in those organizations.

Bogart, 41, of Danville, is a Vermilion County native, who earned her accounting degree from the University of Illinois. She was appointed to the Vermilion County board in 1998 and was elected to three terms. She resigned from the board in 2007 to take her present position in the Vermilion County board office as the county's financial resources director. Bogart also is a trustee for the Vermilion County Conservation District.

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