GOP chairs pick Bennett for House run
PAXTON — Tom Bennett of Gibson City, the Ford County Republican county chairman and chairman of the Parkland College Board of Trustees, will be the Republican candidate for the Illinois House in the 106th District.
Bennett was chosen Sunday to replace Josh Harms of Watseka on the ballot. Harms announced earlier this summer that family considerations would keep him from running for a second term.
Bennett, an information technology service manager at State Farm Insurance in Bloomington, was chosen the candidate by the five Republican county chairmen in the 106th District, or their surrogates, at a meeting Sunday in Paxton.
The 106th District includes all or parts of Ford, Iroquois, Vermilion, Livingston and Woodford counties. It is a solidly Republican area.
Bennett will oppose Democratic nominee William Nutter of Watseka on the Nov. 4 election ballot.