PONTIAC — Nine candidates each will be competing for eight seats in two different districts in Livingston County.

District 1

Eight Republicans and one Democrat are running in District 1.

Newcomer Earl Reintz of Pontiac is the only Democrat in the race. He has worked for more than 40 years in Pontiac manufacturing companies.

County Board Chairman Bill Fairfield of Pontiac has served on the board for 14 years. He also is a retired firefighter who was with the Pontiac Fire Department for 35 years.

Carolyn Gerwin, Pontiac, a newcomer, is a Pontiac attorney and served for several months in 2008 on the County Board.

Kathy Arbogast, Pontiac, is a volunteer at OSF Saint James-John Albrecht Medical Center, Pontiac. She has served on the County Board for four years.

Randell Wittenberg, Pontiac, is a newcomer and works for HomeNet Automotive in Pontiac. He is a junior high school basketball and baseball coach.

Michael Ingles, Pontiac, is a retired teacher and former Pontiac mayor. He was appointed to the board in 2009.

John L. “Jack” Vietti has served on the board since 1988. He is a Pontiac business owner and has volunteered for several organizations.

Newcomer Kelly Cochran Cohlman, Pontiac, is a teacher. She also volunteers for several Livingston County organizations.

Marty Fannin, Pontiac, is employed at Dwight Correctional Center and has worked for the Department of Corrections for more than 25 years.

District 3

District 3 also has eight Republicans and one Democrat running for eight seats.

The lone Democrat is newcomer Doborah Kelley-Howard of Saunemin, who was a business and development manager for 27 years.

William Peterson, Fairbury, retired from the Illinois Department of Corrections 10 years ago.

Mark Runyon, Fairbury, is an employee of the city of Fairbury and has been on the County Board since 2008.

Vicki Allen, Cullom, works for the William Hooker Corp. and has been on the board since 2008.

Carl Borngasser, Fairbury, has served on the board for 38 years. A retired banker, he chairs the finance committee.

Stanley Weber, Chenoa, is a retired engineer and former County Board chairman. He was first elected to the board in 1976.

John Yoder, Gridley, works for Hastings Mutual Insurance and was elected to the board in 2010.

Tim Shafer, Fairbury, is a banker in his first term on the board.

Paul Ritter, Pontiac, is a teacher with the Pontiac Township High School and is seeking his first term on the board.


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