PEKIN — A Washington attorney will round out the Tazewell County Republican Party's candidates for seats on the County Board.

The party's precinct committeemen unanimously selected William "Bill" Atkins to serve as the third and final candidate for three seats in District Three on the board.

Only two Republicans ran in the primary. When there are such open spots on the ballot, local parties can select candidates after the primary election. They must fulfill all the other requirements of candidates, including filing an appropriate number of signatures on nominating petitions.

Atkins will appear on the ballot alongside GOP newcomer Gregory Longfellow and incumbent board member Seth Mingus, and Democrat Mathew Ward. Three of the four will be elected in November.

Atkins was selected among three potential candidates. County GOP Chairman Jim Rule didn't identify the other two, but said he hoped they would consider running for board posts in two years.

Atkins has been an assistant state's attorney in three counties — Livingston, Tazewell and Peoria — and headed the civil division in Peoria County. From that post, he provided legal advice to County Board members during committee meetings and full board meetings. He's now in private practice at Johnson, Bunce and Noble in Peoria.