BLOOMINGTON — Five eastern McLean County residents have stepped forward to represent their area on the McLean County Board.

William Friedrich of Heyworth, Chelsea Leffelman of Bellflower, Ruth Novosad of Bloomington, Clarence Thomas of Heyworth and Martin Tipsord of Saybrook are vying for an appointment in District 2. They will be interviewed by the board's executive committee 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Board Chair John McIntyre is expected to recommend an appointee to the full county board during its next meeting 5:30 p.m. July 16. The appointee will serve until after the next county board election in November 2020.

Friedrich is owner of Friedrich Farms and chair of the Bloomington Township Public Water District, according to information he submitted to the county. He was the first candidate to apply, on the first day applications were accepted.

Leffelman is a freelance English teacher who serves on Blue Ridge school district's board and as Bellflower precinct committeeman. She's also a social media poster for the McLean County Republican Party page on Facebook.

Novosad is a retired systems manager at State Farm and vice chair of Golden Prairie Public Library District's board. She's a 40-year resident of Old Town Township and has served as its Republican precinct committeeman.

Thomas is a farmer and tax accountant with eight years on Heyworth's school board, five years as a Heyworth Ambulance emergency medical technician and three years on McLean County Farm Bureau's board.

Tipsord is a retired U.S. Postal Service letter carrier and former Chenoa city commissioner and Republican committeeman. Tipsord said he withdrew from politics around 2010 to ensure he didn't violate the Hatch Act, which prevents some federal employees from being politically active, but retired in March.

The appointee will succeed Scott Murphy, who resigned to move out of the district from Downs to Bloomington. Murphy was appointed in 2016 following the resignation of then-Board Chair Matt Sorensen, who was indicted; Murphy was elected to the seat in November.

Board Vice Chair Jim Soeldner of Ellsworth, a Republican, also represents District 2.

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Contact Derek Beigh at (309) 820-3234. Follow him on Twitter: @pg_beigh


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