Jacksonville Mayor Andy Ezard says he's not interested in replacing GOP state representative Jim Watson, but several other names have been tossed in the hat. Retiring Morgan County Circuit Judge Richard Mitchell, president of the Illinois Association of Realtors Michael Oldenettel, and Jacksonville alderman C. D. Davidsmeyer have reportedly been contacted by Republican county chairmen in the 97th Legislative District about filling the seat.
Alderwoman Jenny Geirnaeirt says she was also contacted but decided the timing wasn't right. Watson's district includes Morgan, Calhoun, Greene, Jersey, Macoupin, Madison and Pike Counties. The county chairmen's votes would be weighted based on the population in each county in the district.