Sangamon County board member Mike Sullivan, R-District 11, is stepping down as of July 14.
Sullivan, 62, a Gardner Township resident, told board Chairman Andy Van Meter in a letter that due to “personal reasons and to spend more time with my family,” he is resigning.
Sullivan was elected to the board in 2006. He resigned in 2011 when he moved out of his district, but under a new map, won election in 2012 and returned to the board. The U.S. Marine veteran is employed at Brandt Inc. in Pleasant Plains.
“I appreciate and value the many friendships I have experienced and the many good things that the Sangamon County board has accomplished year after year,” Sullivan said.
He was unopposed in the GOP primary in March and remains on the ballot.
Sangamon County Clerk Don Gray said if Sullivan withdraws as a candidate for the November election, Republicans will be able to appoint someone to ballot by Aug. 26. No Democrat ran in the primary and party officials did not appoint anyone by the June 1 deadline to do so.
Independent or third-party candidates can file July 13-20, and write-in candidates have until Sept. 3 to declare their candidacy.
The Sangamon County board office is accepting applications through 5 p.m. July 2 from anyone interested in being appointed to finish out Sullivan’s term. By law, a person named to the seat must live in the 11th District and be of the same party as Sullivan.
Van Meter, who will recommend a replacement for Sullivan, said that person, if approved by the board, would serve through the December board meeting.
“We would like the person to run for the seat,” in the November election, Van Meter said. The term is for two years. All 29 board seats will be up for two-year terms in 2022 under a new map that will be drawn following the 2020 Census.