DANVILLE — No one decided to challenge the four countywide officeholders who are up for re-election next year, but the countywide office that has no incumbent running has drawn quite a bit of interest as four filed to run for Vermilion County recorder.
Running for the Republican Party's nomination for recorder of deeds in the March primary will be attorney Tom O'Shaughnessy, educator Deborah Runyan and Eric Rosson. And running for the Democratic Party's nomination for recorder will be Vermilion County Financial Resources Director Nikki Bogart. All four hope to succeed Barbara Young, who announced earlier this year she would not be seeking re-election after several years in that office.
Monday was the last day for candidates to file to run for any of the 27 seats on the Vermilion County Board and for five countywide offices up for election in the March 20 primary. The five countywide offices are coroner, circuit clerk, recorder, state's attorney and auditor. The winners in the primary will face off in the general election in November.
All the incumbents in the other countywide offices filed to run again, and no one is challenging any of them. They are Circuit Clerk Dennis Gardner, State's Attorney Randy Brinegar, Coroner Peggy Johnson and Auditor Linda Lucas Anstey.
The same is not true in the races for county board, as several incumbents will face challenges not only from candidates in the opposing party but also from challengers in their own party in the primary. Due to redistricting, all 27 seats on the county board will also be up for election next year.
There are three seats open in each of the county's nine districts, and the Democrats currently have a one-seat majority with 14 Democrats and 13 Republicans. The new county board will be seated after the election late 2012 and will elect a county board chairman from its ranks. Generally, that person comes from the ranks of the party with the majority.
The following filed for the March primary in their respective county board districts.
— In District 1, the three Republican incumbents filed, Gary Weinard, Chris Leigh and Todd Johnson.
— In District 2, one Democrat filed, newcomer Terry Thomas, and three Republicans filed, newcomer Charles D. Mockbee III, incumbent Kevin Green and Mike Marron, who was appointed to the board in August to replace John Alexander, who moved out of District 2 and into District 6. After his move, Alexander was appointed to the seat in District 6 that was left vacant when board member and Republican Russ Pollitt died earlier this year.
— In District 3, five Republicans have filed. They are newcomers Charles D. Nesbitt and Mary J. Morrison and incumbents Steven W. Fourez, Rick Knight and William D. Stone.
— In District 4, three Democrats and one Republican filed. The Democrats are incumbents Joe Tamalunis, Terry Stal and Ed Barney. The Republican newcomer is Cathy Jenkins.
— In District 5, four Democrats and one Republican filed. The Democrats are John Criswell, who was appointed to the board, and incumbents Orick Nightlinger, Terry Wilkus and Robert Watson. And newcomer Bill Wright, a Republican, also filed.
— In District 6, Republican incumbent Fox filed along with Republican Alexander, who will run for the seat to which he was appointed earlier this year. And newcomer Miller, a Republican who lost a narrow bid for county clerk to Lynn Foster last year, filed in District 6 along with Mike Puhr, a Democrat and current Danville city alderman.
— In District 7, incumbent Republican Craig Golden filed along with Republican newcomer Neal Boyd, and incumbent Democrats John Dreher and Michael Dodge.
— In District 8, all three incumbent Democrats filed, Ivadale Foster, Daniel Walls Sr. and Robert Boyd.
— And in District 9, the three Democrat incumbents filed, Larry Davis, Bruce Stark and Jim McMahon, who's the county board chairman.