UI student to seek Vermilion County board seat

UI student to seek Vermilion County board seat

DANVILLE — A 19-year-old University of Illinois political science major plans to run for a seat on the Vermilion County board next year.

Diante Johnson said he intends to vie for the Republican party's nomination in District 9.

Johnson, a Danville native and Danville High grad, says he is a big believer that the county needs younger representation.

"I believe our county needs more young people in public office, because we bring innovative ideas to the table," he said. "They understand the needs of younger generations. Diversity in age, gender, race and life experience will make our county and nation's government stronger and better able to address the needs of all Americans."

The District 9 seat Johnson is seeking was recently filled by appointment. Earlier this summer, the seat was vacated by the resignation of long-time board member and former board Chairman Jim McMahon, a Democrat.

Last week, the county board appointed the Democratic party's nominee for the vacancy, Becky Stark. She is the wife of Bruce Stark, a Democrat who currently represents District 9 on the county board.

Johnson said when the general election rolls around in November 2016, he will be 20. He's ready for this challenge.

"I think this would be a great start for my political career, to make an impact inside my community," he said.

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sweet caroline wrote on August 20, 2015 at 12:08 pm

Diante, I am so proud of you!  If I lived in Vermilion County, I'd jump on board your campaign and help get you elected.  You are so right that being a young American, you bring a new perspective to politics.  A fresh one, for sure.  So many of our elected officials on both sides of the aisle are stuck in their ways and not willing to promote change.  All the best to you and your campaign, Diante!