Lieutenant seeks role of McLean County Sheriff

By Marshanna Hester

June 12, 2013 Updated Jun 13, 2013 at 1:03 PM CDT

NORMAL, Ill. -- Two former co-workers will go head-to-head for McLean County Sheriff.

On Wednesday, Lieutenant Jon Sandage announced his 2014 candidacy at the Illinois State University's Alumni Center in Normal.

He is endorsed by current Sheriff Mike Emery, who is not seeking re-election after eight years.

Sandage says experience, education and integrity are the qualities that make him the best choice over his opponent, former Lieutenant Jeff Elston.

Tackling the county's heroin and prescription drug problem is one of his goals.

"We have several major highways that go through our jurisdiction. Drugs are going up and down those highways every day," said Sandage. "We will increase our patrols and try to interdict those drugs before they get into our communities. We will also be proactive in when we start a drug investigation not settling on catching one person."

Sandage, a 22-year veteran of the sheriff's office, is commander of the criminal investigations division.