According to Illinois law, 10ILCS 5/7-61 or 5/8-17, the members of
the Republican Central Committee of the vacant county board district
have the authority to nominate a Republican candidate to fill the
vacancy. That candidate shall file a minimum of 11 signatures,
gathered from residents within the district, with the Logan County
clerk by April 19.
The eight Republican precinct committeemen
representing District 3 met on April 1 to slate a candidate.
Precincts within the district are Aetna, Oran, Laenna, Chester, and
Mount Pulaski 1, 2, 3 and 4. The Lake Fork precinct Republican
committeeman position remains vacant and did not participate.
Meister circulated petitions, pursuant to 10 ILCS 5/7-10.2, 8-8.1
or 10-5.1, and obtained more than the minimum 11 signatures
required. Those petitions, along with a statement of candidacy, the
resolution to fill a vacancy and the certificate of the county
committee organization, were filed in the Logan County clerk's
Meister, a lifelong resident of Mount Pulaski, will receive his
bachelor's degree in political science from the University of
Illinois Urbana-Champaign in May. He also has a minor in history.
Meister is no stranger to government and public service. He has
worked for both U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock, (R-18th Congressional
District) and for former congressman Ray LaHood. In addition,
Meister has experience in retail sales and has worked in
construction for five years.
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"Andy will be a great addition to the Logan County Board," says Dave
Bender, chairman of the Logan County Republican Party. "His family
has deep ties to Logan County, to agriculture and to public
In addition, "it is Andy's generation who will be responsible for
achieving and maintaining the county's solid fiscal standing for the
next 20 years," Bender said. "Andy is the best person to get that
Logan County Republican Central