Republican Candidate Forum

Republican Candidate ForumYou are invited to a Candidate Forum including a panel discussion between the Republican candidates for Tazewell County Auditor and between the candidates for District 2 and District 3 of the Tazewell County Board.

The 2024 General Primary Election will be held on Tuesday, March 19.  In all, there are 46 Republicans seeking 23 public offices on Tazewell County ballots.  17 of those Republicans, including Rep. Darin LaHood, are running uncontested in the primaries.  In Tazewell County, primaries are crucial since only 4 Democrats will challenge the 23 Republican primary winners in the November 8 general election.

Because primaries are so crucial, Tazewell County Republicans is sponsoring this Candidate Forum.  We are committed to helping voters in Tazewell County make informed voting decisions.  This event will enable voters to hear for themselves the candidates’ reason why they believe they should be elected and to answer questions on issues relevant to the office they are seeking.

  • For Tazewell County Auditor, William C. Funkhouser and Kaden Nelms are competing for the open seat.
  • For Tazewell County Board District 2, 3 board members will be elected.  Jonathan Hopkins, Karl E. Lutz, Eric Stahl, and Cathryn Stump are competing for the 3 open seats.
  • For Tazewell County Board District 3, 3 board members will be elected.  Incumbents William (Bill) Atkins, Michael L. Harris, Tammy Rich-Stimson and challenger Eric Schmidgall are competing for the 3 seats.

The moderator of the panel discussion will include some written questions from the audience.

This forum is open to the public with no cost of admission.  RSVPs are not required, but are appreciated.  Other Republicans on the ballot will be given the opportunity to speak,time permitting

For more information regarding Republican candidates not included in this forum, check out

We hope to see you at Freedom Hall. 

"Politics is too important to be left for someone else."   (Senator Everett McKinley Dirksen)

February 22, 2024 at 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Freedom Hall
349 W Birchwood St
Morton, IL 61550
United States
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Jim Rule, Chairman · · (309) 208-9930
Barbara Meziere Linda Slabaugh Diane Jordan Chris Balkema Jody Baker John Ackerman

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Barbara Meziere
Linda Slabaugh
Diane Jordan
Chris Balkema
Jody Baker
John Ackerman

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