August 18, 2022
Election


Election

Election: 3 Lee County Board districts contested on Republican ballot

Michael Koppien waits outside of the Lee County election department Monday, March 7, 2022 on the first day of filing for the primary general election. Koppien is running for a county board seat for District 1.

DIXON – Three out of four districts for the Lee County Board are contested races on the Republican ballot for Tuesday’s primary election.

Seven Republicans are vying for five spots for District 1.

Republican incumbents Bob Olson, Rick Humphrey, Michael Koppien, Christopher Norberg and Jim Schielein are looking to hold on to their seats against Republican challengers Ronald Gascoigne and Angie Shippert. Longtime member Marilyn Shippert is not seeking reelection.

Another seven Republican candidates are competing for five seats in District 3.

Incumbents Tim Bivins, Doug Farster, Keane Hudson, Nancy Naylor and Tom Wilson are running, as well as newcomers Cole Gehrt and Michael Pearson.

Six Republicans are going for five spots in District 4.

Republican incumbents Tom Kitson, Bill Palen, Michael Book and Jack Skrogstad will be going against challengers Dean Freil and Chris Robertson. Members Marvin Williams and Arlan McClain are not seeking reelection.

There will be four fewer spots on the County Board after the group decided last year to lower its membership from 24 to 20 members after months of debate.

County boards have the opportunity to reduce members every 10 years after the U.S. census. Lee County went from 28 to 24 members a decade ago and introduced the topic of further reducing its size about two years ago.

Here’s the full listing of County Board candidates:

County Board:

District 1

Republican incumbents Bob Olson, Rick Humphrey, Michael Koppien, Christopher Norberg and Jim Schielein

Republicans Ronald Gascoigne and Angie Shippert

Democrats David Bingaman, David McCarver and Emily Rose

District 2

Republican incumbents Danielle Allen, Lirim Mimini, John Nicholson, Katie White and Michael Zeman

Democrat incumbent Kasey Considine

District 3

Republican incumbents Tim Bivins, Doug Farster, Keane Hudson, Nancy Naylor and Tom Wilson

Republicans Cole Gehrt and Michael Pearson

Democratic incumbent David Bally

Democrat Randy Lilly

District 4

Republican incumbents Tom Kitson, Bill Palen, Michael Book and Jack Skrogstad

Republicans Dean Freil and Chris Robertson

Democrat Deidre Thomas

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Rachel Rodgers joined Sauk Valley Media in 2016 covering local government in Dixon and Lee County.