MT. VERNON — John Lewis has formally announced he will be running in the 2014 General Primary Election for the position of Jefferson County Sheriff.
"I believe I am the best person for this job at this time," said Lewis. "My experience means I have the proven management, law enforcement skills and professionalism the office deserves at this time."
Lewis, who retired from the Illinois State Police and is the owner of two businesses, including People's Choice Cash and Pawn, said he will be running on the Republican ticket. No other candidates for the position have come forward at this time, however, the filing period for candidates is not expected until sometime in November. The State
Board of Elections has not approved the final calendar for the 2014 general primary or election, which will be held March 18, 2014 and Nov. 4, 2014, respectively.
While with the ISP, Lewis led the Drug Interdiction Team, was part of Crime Scene Services, was an instructor for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency based on his success with the Interdiction Team, was shift commander for ISP District 13, Investigations Commander for Zone 7 of ISP and worked throughout 40 counties in Southern Illinois. He has experience in narcotics with the Southern Illinois DRug Task Force. Lewis and his investigative team was responsible for the investigations and arrests of former Gallatin County Sheriff Raymond Martin, former Marion County Sheriff Brad Wolenhaupt and former Saline County Chief Deputy Todd Forth.
"I believe officers should — and will — be held to a higher standard," Lewis said. "I have no qualms about doing what is right."
Lewis is among several Southern Illinois candidates who have announced their intentions to run for office early this year. Earlier this week, Tony Mayville of DuBois announced he will be running as a Democrat as representative for the 115th Illinois Legislative District — the position currently held by Republican Mike Bost.
Mayville is employed as the Director of Mine Safety and Enforcement for the state, previously serving as director of state parks and executive director of the World Shooting Complex in Sparta. He has served as the Democrat County Chairman in Washington County for the past 20 years.