New county board member hopes to be “voice for agriculture”


William Friedrich is sworn in as District 2 representative on the McLean County Board.
(Photo by Howard Packowitz/WJBC)


By Howard Packowitz

BLOOMINGTON – A third generation farmer is the newest member of the McLean County Board.

The board Tuesday night approved Chairman John McIntyre’s choice of Republican William Friedrich to replace Scott Murphy, who resigned last month after moving out of District 2.

Friedrich is from Heyworth and will represent southeastern McLean County. He believes in limited government, and plans to be a voice for agriculture, looking out for the concerns of rural homeowners.

“We’re kind of independent, self-sufficient, and hands-off kind of people,” Friedrich said.

Friedrich said he is also interested in mental health and issues concerning the jail.

He also plans to remain as Chairman of the Bloomington Township Water District.

Friedrich said he comes to the county board with no agenda.

“Just carrying on the initiatives from the county board moving forward,” said Friedrich.

“I respect this board and direction they’re going under (Chairman) McIntyre,” Friedrich added.

Friedrich expects to run as a Republican for the board seat in next year’s election. The GOP has a 13 to 7 majority on the county board.

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