GOP picks county board replacements for Nudo, Jones

CHAMPAIGN — Republican precinct committeemen Wednesday night chose Jeff Kibler and Max Mitchell to replace Alan Nudo and Brad Jones as county board members representing District 3.

The two will serve on the board through November.

They were chosen over three other candidates: Champaign businessman Don Kermath, Champaign financial consultant Steven Pruiett, and retired Champaign business owner and consultant Robert Wolter.

Kibler, 29, is already running for the board in the November general election. Mitchell, 60, past president of the Champaign County Board of Realtors, is not on the November ballot and has not run for office before.

But Habeeb Habeeb, the treasurer of the local Republican Party and likely the new chairman after April, said the appointment of both was unanimous.

"It really was, and actually several people said we had five really good applicants and we'd love to keep them all involved in the party," Habeeb said. "There were deliberations back and forth, but it was all civil and it was all unanimous.

"We didn't even have to ask to make it unanimous."

Mitchell said the appointment gives him "the opportunity to put something back into the community because the community has been so good to me for more than 35 years in the real-estate business.

"I thought it was a time for me to come and serve."

The selection was made by the five elected GOP precinct committeemen in the district — Jim Green, Karen Foster, Gordy Hulten, Larry Kearns and Joan Dykstra. One committeeman from the district, state Rep. Jason Barickman, did not attend the session, and another, state Senate candidate John Bambenek, attended but refrained from voting.

Both Nudo and Jones resigned from the county board in January.

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