Ford GOP to hear state's attorney candidates
PAXTON — Four attorneys seeking to become Ford County's next state's attorney will get a chance to tell the county's Republican party and a panel of other local officials about their qualifications in May.
Attorneys Lance Camp of Paxton, Andrew Killian of Gibson City, Erik Gibson of Galesburg and Randy Yedinak of Pontiac applied for the state's attorney's job, which will be vacated June 27 when Matt Fitton assumes the Ford County judgeship.
Ford County Board Chairman Rick Bowen said the four candidates each submitted a resume and letter of interest by the April 25 deadline. Each will be interviewed on either May 10 or May 17 by the 20 Republican precinct committeeman in Ford County, along with a six-member panel comprised of Bowen, Gibson City Police Chief Steve Cushman, Paxton Police Chief Bob Bane, Paxton Mayor Bill Ingold, Roberts Village Board President Rick Flessner and Gibson City attorney Stephen Weeks.
The Republican precinct committeemen and special panel will then make recommendations for the county board's consideration on who should be appointed. The county board is expected to vote on approval of that candidate at its June 9 meeting.
Bowen said he hopes just one series of interviews will be necessary.
"If somebody surfaces as a frontrunner, a second meeting might not be required," Bowen said.
Fitton's replacement will be appointed through the Nov. 4 general election, when both the Ford County Republican and Democratic parties will have the chance to place candidates on the ballot to run for the remaining two years of Fitton's four-year term.
Fitton's predecessor, Judge Steve Pacey, retired Dec. 31, 2013, after a 17-year career on the bench. Since January, four judges in the 11th Judicial Circuit have been temporarily assigned to fill in for Pacey.
Will Brumleve is editor of the Paxton Record, a News-Gazette community newspaper. For more, visit paxtonrecord.net.