||Illinois College alumna Ginny Fanning ’75 was unanimously selected by the Morgan County Republican Central Committee to succeed the late Dick Rawlings as Morgan County Commissioner and become the Republican candidate in the Nov. 4 general election.
Fanning was sworn in at the county courthouse last week, and it marked the first time a woman held the position of commissioner.
“After having lost such a dear friend and capable leader in Dick, I am committed to continue his tireless dedication to Morgan County. I pledge to work for the betterment of the Morgan County community and further fair and conservative fiscal responsibility in our county government” Fanning said.
Even though Rawlings’ term would not have expired until 2018, a special election is required by law when there is a vacancy less than halfway through a term.” Rawlings died July 15.
Fanning was selected from a pool of 11 candidates. Each candidate was asked to submit a resumé and a petition to the Republican Central Committee.
“I couldn’t be more pleased with the turnout and the participation of the Republican Central Committee,” Republican party chairman Steve Hardin said. “Over 30 of the county’s precincts were represented and to come to a unanimous nominee demonstrates the solidarity Ms. Fanning will bring to the party and to fulfill the commissioner’s office.”