SPRINGFIELD — Only supporters of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney filed delegate and alternate delegate slates with the State Board of Elections Tuesday, the first day for presidential aspirants to make public their list of convention delegates.
The presidential contenders have until Friday to file their slates of delegate and alternate delegates candidates for the March 20 primary election in Illinois. Those elected qualify to go to their respective party conventions this summer.
Of the four new congressional districts in The News-Gazette circulation area, the Romney slate includes the following:
— 13th District (including Champaign, Urbana, Monticello, Clinton, Decatur and much of Bloomington-Normal): delegates Jimmy John Liautaud of Champaign, state Rep. Bill Mitchell of Forsyth and James Gresham of Decatur; alternate delegates Habeeb Habeeb of Champaign, Jan Miller of Urbana and David Newberg of Clinton.
— 15th District (including Danville, Tuscola, Paris, Charleston, Mattoon): delegates state Sens. Dale Righter of Mattoon and David Luechtefeld of Okawville, former Sen. Frank Watson of Greenville and Mike Yager of Effingham; alternate delegates Eric Gregg of Harrisburg, Janie Grimes of Iuka, Ron Loudermilk of Mt. Carmel and Barbara Snyder of Salem.
— 16th Congressional District (including Iroquois, Livingston and most of Ford counties): state Treasurer Dan Rutherford of Chenoa, University of Illinois trustee Timothy Koritz of Roscoe and Joshua Lanning of Pontiac, plus alternate delegates Barbara Frobish of Pontiac, Susan J. Thornton of Ottawa and Gregory L. Witzleb Sr. of Dixon.
— 18th District (including parts of McLean County, Peoria, Quincy and Lincoln): state Reps. Rich Brauer of Petersburg and Jil Tracy of Quincy, Julie Dobski of Bloomington and Gary Manier of Washington; alternate delegates Eugene Lorch of Peoria, Debra Iams and Todd Maisch of Springfield and Ryan Spain of Peoria.