Previous Democratic commissioner candidate running again

By Jim McCabe on July 31 at 12:15pm

A candidate has been announced for the Democratic ticket in the race for Morgan County commissioner.

The Morgan County Democratic Central Committee unanimously slated Bob Large as the name to be placed on the November 4th general election ballot. The vacancy occurred due to the death of Commissioner Dick Rawlings.

Large was the previous Democratic candidate for the 2012 Morgan County Commissioner’s race, having ran against Rawlings, who as a Republican.

“Dick noted that we ran for the same job, not against each other. I have a lot of respect for Dick and the job he was doing, and his passion for the job, and I wanted to take a chance, to take a shot at that myself. So, that’s why I ran for the office,” he says.

“I really enjoyed the campaign. I never thought that we’d do it again in our lifetime, but with the untimely death of Mr. Rawlings, we’re going to get another opportunity, I guess.”

Large says he looks forward to the campaign experience the second time around.

“We hope that the voters will remember that we knocked on their doors. We don’t know how many we knocked on, but there were a lot of them. We got out into Meredosia and Waverly and got to meet some folks out there that normally most of us don’t get a chance to do unless you’re campaigning,” says Large.

“Talk about their taxes- we don’t have much money here in Morgan County, so we have to be careful how we collect it and how we spend it. So, I’m looking forward to hearing the ideas. You hear a lot of ideas while you’re campaigning,” he continues.

In a press release, Morgan County Commissioner and Democratic Party chairman Brad Zeller says “the committee feels that Mr. Large’s lifelong commitment to our community, his earnest desire to serve the residents of Morgan County and his previous election experience will provide the voters of Morgan County with a strong Democratic candidate.”

The Morgan County Republican Party has not yet announced a candidate. Whoever is elected to replace Rawlings will be serving four years of the remaining six-year term.

Large has run JB Large and Sons painting contractor service for 45 years.