By DEBORAH GERTZ HUSAR
Herald-Whig Staff Writer
PITTSFIELD, Ill. -- Pike County Board Chairman Andy Borrowman is one of six applicants who will be interviewed Sunday in Jacksonville to replace Rep. Jim Watson.
The vacancy committee met last Saturday in Jacksonville to review the 13 applications received by the Nov. 28 deadline to replace Watson, who resigned Monday to become executive director of the Illinois Petroleum Council. Six of the 13 were chosen to be interviewed, according to the Macoupin County Republicans website, macoupincorepublicans.com. Names of the six candidates will be posted on the website after all are notified.
Borrowman said the interviews will be done by the county chairmen from Watson's district. The person selected will finish Watson's unexpired term in the 97th District and serve the two-year term for the new 100th District.
"Now it's up to me," he said. "It's their vote. I have to sell them."
Borrowman expects to have an opportunity to give a statement and to answer questions from the group as part of the interview process.
"It's an interesting process," he said. "They will make a pick, and whoever is picked, if it's not me, I will get behind that person and give them my support."
Brorrowman said seeking the seat would be an opportunity to "do something at the statewide level."
Just elected to a second four-year term on the board and re-elected as its chairman, Borrowman would bring an understanding of county-based issues to the legislature and three decades of experience working for the Illinois Department of Transportation.