Most Ford County board members seek re-election
PAXTON — One Ford County Board member is giving up her seat next year, but all others up for re-election are vying for another term.
Pat Haskins of Sibley was the only one among seven board members up for re-election who did not file paperwork by Monday afternoon to become a candidate in next March's Republican primary election. Of those who did file, none will face opposition.
Haskins, who has been on the board for 11 years, said some "family issues" arose that led to her decision.
"I've enjoyed it very much," Haskins said. "I've learned a lot and hope I've done some good."
Seeking Haskins' seat is Jon Clark of rural Sibley, who has never run for elected office before. The 46-year-old Clark — who owns a farm equipment repair and custom farming business and previously worked for Arends & Sons, a John Deere dealership in Gibson City — said he made the decision to seek office after attending Ford County Republican Party meetings in the past couple of years.
Filing as a candidate for the other available District 2 board seat was incumbent Floyd "Bud" Otto Jr. of rural Roberts.
Two incumbents are unopposed for four-year terms in District 1: Dave Hastings and Gene May, both of rural Paxton. Running separately for re-election to a two-year term in District 1 is Tom McQuinn of rural Paxton.
In District 3, both incumbents — Randy Berger of Gibson City and Rick Bowen of Elliott — are unopposed.
The only contested race in Ford County is for the sheriff's seat. Two-term incumbent Mark Doran of Gibson City is being challenged by two Republican newcomers — Paxton Police Chief Bob Bane of Paxton and Dennis Higgins of Gibson City, who serves as Ford County Emergency Management Agency coordinator and is a former Gibson City police chief.
Running unopposed for county treasurer is Penny Stevens of Paxton. The incumbent treasurer, Judy Hastings, has announced she will not run for re-election.
County Clerk Linda Kellerhals of Paxton also is uncontested as a Republican candidate for re-election to her post.