Results from Five Local Sheriff Races

Published 03/18 2014 10:54PM

Updated 03/19 2014 08:17AM

 Several sheriff races are on the ballot tonight we begin with McLean County.  Long time sheriff Mike Emery has announced that he's retiring.

With one-hundred percent of precincts reporting, Jon Sandage, who had received Emery's endorsement received the concession call that he had

defeated Jeff Elston by a 56 percent to 44 percent vote.

"I really didn't know what to think. We didn't do any type of polling. I felt good about the response I'd been getting all along as we went door to

door. I felt good that we'd come out on top, but I had no idea what the margin would be," said Sandage.

Sandage will take over for emery in November. 
In Woodford County...

Captain Matt Smith won the election with just over 50 percent of the vote.

Craig Baner finished in second with 28 percent while Terry Glaub ended up in third.

Smith is a 25-year veteran of the Woodford County Sheriff's Department and would first update the department's policy and procedure manual.

“At the Sheriff’s office we got a great group of deputies that work here. They know what they are doing and they’re professionals. I want to have clean policies and procedures for them and let them go out and do their job. They know what they are doing. They don’t need to micromanage. They just need to know what we expect for them,” said Smith.
Smith received the endorsement of the outgoing Woodford County Sheriff, Jim Piersall.

Voters in Livingston County are also electing a Republican sheriff candidate tonight. Tony Childress won with 45 percent of the vote.

Moving over to the Putnam County Sheriff's race. Daniel Kuhn was the victor, taking in 65 percent of the vote

And finally in the sheriff's race in Mason County, Tom Hardesty edged out the competition with 54 percent of the vote

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