A longtime Ogle County Board member announced last week that she will not seek re-election next year.
“I’m not going to run again,” Pat Saunders, a Republican from Polo, said Sept. 19. “I wanted to announce it early enough that anyone who wants to run for the seat has time to file for it.”
Saunders, who will have served on the board for 16 years when her term is up in November of 2018, represents District 8, which covers Brookville, Buffalo, Eagle Point, Grand Detour, Lincoln, Pine Creek, Taylor, and Woosung Townships.
She said she wanted to allow plenty of time for anyone interested in running for the seat in the March 20 primary election to circulate and file a nominating petition.
If no one runs for the post, the county board will appoint someone to fill it.
“I don’t want that to happen,” she said. “The voters should decide who represents them.”
“I would also like to see us implement terms limits,” Saunders said. “I don’t think anyone should serve more than 20 years, but 12 or 16 years would be better. You need fresh ideas and insights.”
Nomination packets and information for the March primary are available at the county clerk’s office on the first floor of the Ogle County Courthouse in Oregon.
The period for circulating petitions to obtain the signatures of registered voters began Sept. 5.
The completed petitions must be filed at the county clerk’s office from Nov. 27 to Dec. 4.
Successful candidates in the March primary will run for election in the Nov. 6, 2018 general election.