As a current member of the McLean County Board seeking re-election in the March 21 Republican primary, I want to take this opportunity to introduce myself to the voters who reside in the communities and rural areas of the district.
I have lived in McLean County since my days as a student at Illinois Wesleyan University in the early 1960s. Later I attended Illinois State University where I earned a master's degree and a doctorate in history. I taught at Lexington High School for 34 years retiring in 2000. Currently I am employed as director of outreach for Heartland Community College.
My involvement and service to the community includes: 10 years on the Lexington Library Board, four years as a member of the Heartland Board of Trustees, and 15 years — off and on — as congregational chairman of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Lexington.
In my role as a McLean County Board member, I serve on the Transportation and Land Use and Development committees. I recently was appointed to the McLean County Public Housing Authority.
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My wife Ruth and I have made our home in Lexington. We have been married for 36 years; we are the parents of three adult sons: Kent, Keith and Karl. My father Angelo, now 94, resides at Evenglow Lodge in Pontiac.
I ask voters to please consider my qualifications, experience, service and interest in local government when voting in the primary. And, most importantly, I ask all voters to participate in our democratic process.