Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

October 26, 2012

Some Clay County Board seats still vacant

JACKSON ADAMS
Effingham Daily News

LOUISVILLE — Clay County Board may have some open positions even after the Nov. 6 election.

    Two board positions have no registered candidates running for them, with one of those districts having an incumbent write-in candidate. Additionally, of the 14 board seats that are being decided, only one of the races is contested.

    Clay County Clerk Brenda Britton said the empty positions will have to be filled by appointment by the board's chairman.

    "My assumption is that whenever the board reorganizes, the chair will recognize and appoint someone," she said.

    The Clay County superintendent and state's attorney are also running unopposed.

    Clay County Board chairman Sue Pettit said that the lack of interest may have been attributed to a lack of promotion over a lack of interest.

    "Everybody's so busy and it is time consuming," she said. "You just have to promote and it get the word out to the interested people."

    Pettit said the board has heard some interest in the vacant positions and could be considered when the board is reconvenes after the election.

    "I think there will always be people willing to serve," she said. "You just have to find them."

    Petitt said she advised people who were still interested in serving in Clay County government should contact current officials.

    "Call a county board member and see what they do," she said.  "We own our own hospital and we're a big part of the community. It's very fulfilling. When you get involved in it, you find out that it's very interesting."

    Jackson Adams can be reached at 217-347-7151, ext. 131, or jackson.adams@effinghamdailynews.com.