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* State Rep. Dennis Reboletti will seek the Senate seat Kirk Dillard is vacating in order to run for Governor…
It’s too soon to tell if Reboletti will face a Republican opponent during the March primary. One person considering a bid is former state Rep. Chris Nybo, who was Dillard’s opponent for Senate in the 2012 primary.
“I have not decided,” Nybo said on Wednesday. “I will begin the process of collecting signatures to get on the ballot. I’m giving it a lot of thought, but I haven’t made a final decision yet.”
Nybo’s most recent quarterly report shows he did not raise any money this spring. In fact, his campaign fund appears to still owe just over $39k to family members. He reported a $1,500 donation a couple of weeks ago, but that still only puts him at roughly $3k in the bank.
Reboletti has been looking to move up for some time now. Subscribers know more.
* A Republican member of a school board in Christian County will challenge Sue Scherer…
Much of the start-up work has been done with the help of Decatur Mayor Mike McElroy, who ran for the state Senate in 2012 against current state Sen. Andy Manar, D-Bunker Hill. While McElroy is not an official member of his campaign team, Bell said the mayor helped identify people to know and put on committees, how to set up campaign structure and personal advice from the 2012 Senate run.
Support has also come from local Republicans, including state Rep. Bill Mitchell of Forsyth, who said he is firmly behind Bell’s campaign.
Bell has reportedly raised $5k in the last few weeks while Scherer has almost $40k in the bank.
Round Lake attorney Gerald Dietz has announced he intends to seek the Republican nomination for a state representative seat in the March primary.
Dietz, 44, said he plans to run in the 62nd House District currently represented by Democrat Sam Yingling of Round Lake Beach. Yingling and Dietz previously worked together for Avon Township.
Yingling posted some strong poll numbers when he beat incumbent Sandy Cole in November 2012. Dietz has roughly $7k on hand but still owes himself $5k. Yingling has more than $25k in the war chest.