PEKIN — Seth Mingus' days on the East Peoria City Council just began. But his days on the Tazewell County Board appear to be numbered.
As in "one."
During its meeting Wednesday night, the board is expected to accept Mingus' resignation. It became necessary after Mingus was elected last month to the East Peoria council.
State law prohibits anybody from serving simultaneously on a county board and on a council in a city the size of East Peoria.
Even if such dual office-holding was allowed, another factor would prohibit Mingus.
"I really have time to only do one," he said Tuesday.
Mingus also is superintendent and principal at South Pekin Grade School.
He first joined the County Board in 2014 as an appointee from District 3. He was elected later that year and re-elected in 2018.
Before all that, in 2010, Mingus ran for East Peoria council and lost. Part of the reason, he believed, was that some voters might not have wanted in municipal government two members of the same family.
Mingus' father, Dave Mingus, decided not to run this year for a fourth term as East Peoria mayor. The elder Mingus spent 12 years in that office.
"City Council has been great," Seth Mingus said about his nascent service. "It's something I've wanted for a long time."
At the same time, Mingus said he's enjoyed his County Board experience. He believes his work there regarding budgets, among other things, helped in his day job and in winning his council race.
"I'll miss it," said Mingus, who also has served on East Peoria-based library and township boards.
The board's acceptance of Mingus' resignation begins a 60-day period during which a replacement must be appointed. Board Chairman David Zimmerman is to submit a candidate for board approval.
Like Mingus, the nominee must be a Republican.
District 3 consists of Boynton, Deer Creek, Fondulac, Hittle, Little Mackinaw, Mackinaw and Washington townships.
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