DANVILLE — A four-way race for the Vermilion County board dropped to three when incumbent candidate Orick "Corky" Nightlinger announced Tuesday that he will resign his seat at the end of the week.
Nightlinger, who lives in the Home Gardens neighborhood south of Tilton, said he is resigning because he and his wife are moving out of county board District 5. They made that decision, he said, after the deadline to withdraw from the March 18 primary election had passed.
Nightlinger was one of four Democrats running for two seats in county board District 5. The others are incumbent John Criswell and challengers Chad Turner and Jim Watson. Two will move on to the general election in November. There are no Republican candidates in District 5.
Nightlinger was first appointed to the county board in 2003 and was later elected to his first term.
He said he and his wife are getting older, and they need to get out of their big house. He said they plan to downsize somewhere in the Danville area.
Nightlinger is asking his supporters to vote for other Democratic candidates in District 5 in the primary — and not him since his name will still be on the ballot.
Vermilion County Attorney Bill Donahue said the county board likely will treat the vacancy like any other, which means officially notifying the chairmen of both local political parties, so someone can be named for appointment to that seat. However, Donahue said, the vacancy needs to be filled with a member of the same party as Nightlinger, so it's up to the Democrats.