DECATUR – Just over a month after making public plans to run for Macon County Sheriff in 2022, Howard Buffett is giving up.
Decatur, 66 years old Philanthropist, businessman and former sheriff announced on Saturday he was suspending his campaign, citing uncertainty over his eligibility and his desire to avoid further instability following the 2018 sheriff election, which was resolved barely a week ago.
“When I consider these two factors, I have concluded that it is not in the best interest of the community or the sheriff’s office to embark on a 2022 campaign that could bring additional uncertainty and the potential for litigation to the electoral process, “Buffett said in a statement.
Buffett cited broad criminal justice reform legislation signed by Gov. JB Pritzker earlier this year, which changed the eligibility requirements for sheriffs. As currently written, Buffett said he was “open to interpretation” if he met the requirements.
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By law, sheriffs are now required to complete the Basic Minimum Standards for Law Enforcement Officer training course, as prescribed by the Law Enforcement Training Standards Board of the ‘Illinois.
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The law also obliges all law enforcement officers to undergo continuous training every three years to familiarize themselves with “the constitutional and appropriate use of law enforcement authorities, procedural justice, civil rights. , human rights, mental health awareness and response, reporting child abuse and neglect, and cultural competence. “
Buffett was appointed sheriff in 2017 following the retirement of Thomas Schneider. He finished the last 14 months of Schneider’s tenure, swearing not to run for a full term.
Prior to that, he was a volunteer in the sheriff’s office. But, it was not immediately clear what training, if any, Buffett took during his time in the office.
Buffett’s overthrow comes just over a week after Sheriff Tony Brown announced his retirement, allowing Jim Root to take office and thus resolving the legal battle over who won the 2018 sheriff’s election.
Although the initial tally showed Brown was winning this race by one vote, Champaign County Circuit Court Judge Anna M. Benjamin found that Root won by 16 votes. Brown abandoned his intention to appeal the finding.
Root is expected to take office later this month.
Buffett was planning to run as a Republican. If he had stayed in the race, he would have considered a controversial primary against Root.
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A candidate fundraising committee in support of Buffett’s candidacy was opened last October, according to documents filed with the Illinois State Board of Elections. Buffett was the only contributor to the committee.
But the campaign really got off the ground when at least three Billboards reading “Elis Howard Buffett for Macon County Sheriff 2022” were installed around Decatur in early May.
Buffett’s campaign officials acknowledged his candidacy and teased a more formal announcement in the weeks that followed. But, that announcement never came.
Son of multi-billion dollar investor Warren Buffett, Howard Buffett came to Decatur in the 1990s to work for Archer Daniels Midland Co. His foundation donated millions of dollars to projects in the Decatur area, including the Sheriff’s Office. .
Warren Buffett is the CEO of Berkshire Hathaway. This company sold its newspaper division last year to Lee Enterprises Inc., the parent company of the Herald & Review.
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