Ford County candidates receive endorsements from GOP

PAXTON — The Ford County Republican Central Committee announced Thursday its endorsement of candidates for the March 20 primary election.

The committee, comprised of elected precinct committeemen in Ford County, made the endorsements after hearing presentations from candidates during a meeting Feb. 7 in Gibson City. A super majority of the 16 precinct committeemen present was required for a candidate to receive an endorsement, said Chairman Eric Thompson.

In contested local primary races, receiving endorsements were:

— Doug Wallace of rural Roberts, for Ford County coroner. Wallace, the incumbent, is running against newcomer Kip Rutledge of Elliott.

— Gene May of rural Paxton, Dave Hastings of Paxton and Richard Hewerdine of Paxton, for seats in District 1 on the Ford County Board. May and Hewerdine are incumbents, while Hastings is a former board member. Not endorsed were incumbent Tom McQuinn of rural Paxton, incumbent Jason Johnson of rural Paxton and Debbie Smith of Paxton, the board’s former chairman.

— Cindy Ihrke of rural Roberts, Pat Haskins of rural Sibley, Ann Ihrke of rural Buckley and Bob Lindgren of rural Loda, for seats in District 2 on the Ford County Board. The Ihrkes are both newcomers, while Haskins and Lindgren are both incumbents. Not endorsed were incumbents Tim Nuss and Floyd “Bud” Otto Jr., both of rural Roberts.

In uncontested local primary races, endorsed were:

— Elynor Stagen of Gibson City, Randy Berger of Gibson City, Rick Bowen of Elliott and Randy Ferguson of Gibson City, all incumbents, for seats in District 3 on the Ford County Board.

— Matt Fitton of Paxton, an incumbent, for Ford County state’s attorney.

— Kim Evans of Paxton, an incumbent, for Ford County circuit clerk.

— Judy Hastings of Paxton, an incumbent, for Ford County treasurer.

In state and national races, endorsed were: Rick Santorum, for president; Shane Cultra, for the 53rd Senate District; and John Shimkus, for the 15th Congressional District.

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