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Winnebago County Board looks to fill vacant seat

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One seat with the Winnebago County Board has sat vacant since December. That position isn't up for re-election until 2016, so now board members must select the next candidate.

In 2010, Republican Lynne Strathman was elected to represent Winnebago County Board's District 1. Last month, she resigned.

"I believe it has something to do with some type of move," said Jim Thompson WCRCC Chairman. "But I'm not sure of the details of that."

Now the vacant position is up for grabs.

Winnebago County Republicans are screening candidates to represent the more rural district covering Pecatonica, Winnebago and parts of southwest Rockford.

"The precinct committeeman from that district interview individuals who submitted their information to Chairman Christiansen," said Thompson. "To be considered for the position."

At least four people want the job. They all showed up for interviews this weekend.

Thompson says the next District 1 board member needs to be active in his or her community.

Attorney Brian Morgan, one of the interested candidates, says he's ready to take on the responsibility.

"I figured it was time, I have two small children that are getting older, my wife is settled in her job so I have time to actually give back," said Morgan. "So I figured I might as well try."

Thompson says narrowing candidates down to one will be difficult but that's not a bad thing.

"The precinct committeeman were extremely impressed with the quality of candidates that have applied for this position," said Thompson. "And the recommendation process was not what I consider an easy decision."

Now that the interview process is over, committee members will send a recommendation to Board Chairman Scott Christiansen on Monday.

We'll keep you updated here on 13 news.

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