Jeff Elston and Jon Sandage, two Republican candidates are running for the McLean County Sheriff and the election is only two weeks away.
Elston has over 30 years of law enforcement experience. He began this experience at the Illinois Department of Corrections at Logan County in 1980, and started the first electronic records of evidence in the Department’s history.
Elston is trained in martial arts, has a black belt in Tae-Kwan-Do, and is one of about 300 officers in the U.S. that is certified as an instructor trainer in defensive tactics. He won the Distinguished Achievement Award from his Department in 2009.
Elston’s goals as Sheriff are to improve efficiency by implementing more technology usage, build a stronger partnership between the Sheriff’s Office and the public, and streamline job functions.
His opponent, Jon Sandage, is a 22-year veteran of the Sheriff’s Office and serves on the boards of the McLean County Crime Detection Network and the Child Protection Network.
Sandage graduated from Southern Illinois University with degrees in Law Enforcement and Advanced Technical Studies. In addition, he graduated from the FBI National Academy and previously served as a law enforcement liaison to McLean Country Crime Stoppers, and is also a member of the Knights of Columbus.
Sandage has won numerous awards such as the Illinois State Police Academy’s Supervisors Award for outstanding performance, dedication and achievement and the McLean County M.A.D.D.’s Hero of the Highway award. He aims to increase the Sheriff Office’s technological capabilities and augment drug enforcement efforts.
In regard to voting, there is an ongoing grace period that will run until March 15th that allows citizens to register and vote at the same time. Registration information can be found on the City of Bloomington’s website or the McLean County Clerk’s Office.
Early voting is taking place now through March 15th, and regular voting will take place on March 18th.