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Grundy Republicans nominate Minooka man for County Board vacancy

Published: Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014 1:09 p.m. CST • Updated: Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014 9:26 p.m. CST

MORRIS — The Grundy County Republican Central Committee has nominated David Nelson of Minooka to replace former Grundy County Board member Teryl Lundeen, who resigned from the board in June.

According to Republican Central Committee Chairman Mike Mattingly, committee members from District 2 selected Nelson after much discussion about who should be recommended for the position.

Since Lundeen was a Republican herself, she had to be replaced by another Republican from District 2.

Lundeen resigned after the Grundy County State's Attorney's office investigated her residency following speculation that she was no longer living within Grundy County.

After investigating, Helland's office found Lundeen was likely a Will County resident for part of her term, but also he determined her residency arrangement was entirely legal based on an Illinois Supreme Court decision.

Mattingly said members had two major reasons for choosing Nelson to fill Lundeen's seat.

"One, David ran in the Republican primary in March and he was the highest vote-getter in the primary. Two, he has a business background," Mattingly said.

Nelson has a bachelor's degree and master's degree in business administration.

"We like his business his experience and think that would be beneficial to the county," Mattingly said.

Nelson awaits formal approval from Grundy County Board Chairman Ron Severson and the rest of the county board, which retain the power to appoint new board members.

They will vote on Nelson's appointment Tuesday at the August Grundy County Board meeting.

Severson said he expects the vote to go smoothly.

"I don't think there will be any problems," Severson said. "The board has the power to say no to ratification, but I don't think there will be any issues."

By law, the position must be included in the November general election, since Lundeen completed less than half of her term.

If approved, Nelson will serve for a brief period of about two months before facing an election.

The winner of the November election will serve until the expiration of Lundeen’s term in 2016.

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