Champaign County Board member follows predecessors in resigning

Champaign County Board member follows predecessors in resigning

URBANA — Champaign Democrat Matt Hiser, who was elected to the county board in November, said Thursday that he is resigning his District 8 seat effective today.

Hiser, 27, a fourth-grade teacher at Yankee Ridge School in Urbana, said he is moving to Kalamazoo, Mich., to follow his girlfriend, who is beginning a pharmacy residency.

"I'm kind of at a career crossroads as well," he said. "It's just the right kind of a move for me right now, just try something different for a little while."

Hiser grew up in Champaign-Urbana.

"I've never lived anywhere else," he said. "I went to Parkland, U of I. I've just always been in Champaign-Urbana."

Hiser is the third consecutive representative of the district — which includes much of the University of Illinois campus area between Lincoln Avenue in Urbana and Prospect Avenue in Champaign — to resign his seat during his term.

Scott Redenbaugh, who was elected to the board in 2014, resigned four days after being sworn in to move to Chicago and eventually to Ireland with his new wife.

Sam Shore, who was appointed to replace Redenbaugh, left the board in June 2016 to follow his fiancée to North Carolina.

He was replaced by Hiser, who was unopposed in last year's election.

His resignation will leave the county board with 21 members for at least a short time.

Democratic caucus chairman Josh Hartke said that county party chair Maryam ar-Raheem already had been notified of Hiser's resignation, and he thought a replacement could be named in June.

Also Thursday night, county board members were invited to a community meeting on the future of the Champaign County Nursing Home.

The event, sponsored by the Champaign County Health Care Consumers, will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Champaign Public Library.

County voters last month rejected a proposal to increase property taxes to support the financially struggling home and approved a second measure to sell or dispose of it.

The county already is looking for brokers to market the home, and also is meeting with local health care officials about the possibility of establishing a not-for-profit group to take over the facility.

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Automan wrote on May 19, 2017 at 8:05 am
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One thing you can say for Young Democrats: They are not the most dedicated lot to always ask for elected office.

ilmsff7 wrote on May 19, 2017 at 10:05 am

I'm all for young men following their heart and the love of their life. But, don't you think they'd have thought this through before asking the voters to elect them to a four year committment? 

The voters have put faith in them to serve the county. If they can't follow through on the committment, then don't run.

CommonSenseless wrote on May 19, 2017 at 11:05 am

No loss to the county here...Hiser was worthless.  Just another doe eyed liberal idiot living in some sort of idealist bubble.  Maybe he will get an education into how the real world functions by finally leaving town.  There should be an election, not an appointment here.  It has the feel of a bait-and-switch by the local democrats.