McLean County Board member announces re-election bid

Jacob Beard
Jacob Beard made the announcement Friday. (Photo courtesy McLean County)


By Neil Doyle

BLOOMINGTON – A Bloomington Republican is seeking another term on the McLean County Board.

Jacob Beard who serves District 7, which covers east Bloomington, announced his re-election bid Friday.

“In my first term the McLean County government has been a part of a number of positive developments in our community, including the county’s work to help bring Rivian to Normal and the board’s approval of two additional wind farms,” said Beard in a news release.

Beard added that right now there’s a lot of drama in politics, however he stands for an effective and solution orientated approach to governing.

“I want a competent local government that is both effective and restrained, and that fulfills its core obligation of the protection of the rights of its residents,” he said.

A Normal Community High School graduate, Beard grew up on Bloomington’s east side and currently works at State Farm.

Beard will face Democrat Val Laymon for the District 7 seat.

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