BLOOMINGTON — The result of the Bloomington City Council Ward 7 race means the McLean County Board will have to look for a new member.

Scott Black, who won his bid for alderman, currently represents District 8 on the McLean County Board. State law doesn’t allow him to serve on both at the same time, and Black said at the onset of his campaign that he would resign from the County Board if he were to win the council seat.

County Board Chairman Matt Sorensen said the board has 60 days after he officially declares a vacancy to appoint someone to the seat.

Sorensen said he may do that at Tuesday’s County Board meeting, but it also could happen at the May meeting. After that declaration, Sorensen will accept applications from those who qualify.  Applicants have to be Democrats (because Black is one), live in District 8 and be registered voters.

Sorensen will make a recommendation that has to be approved by the County Board.

Black was re-elected to the County Board in November and drew a four-year seat.

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