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Another hat has been thrown into the ring in the race for Bureau County Sheriff, and this time it's a Democrat. Jim Reed of Arlington has announced his candidacy for the Democratic nomination in the March 2014 primary. The 43-year old Reed is currently a patrol sergeant for the Bureau County Sheriff's Department. He says he's served in nearly every capacity in the sheriff's office during his 22 years with the department. Reed served the sheriff’s department as a radio operator/corrections officer, courthouse security officer, field deputy and an investigator. He is also the senior master firearms instructor for the sheriff’s office and an FBI certified firearms instructor. Reed is a life-long resident of Bureau County, having graduated from Hall High School in Spring Valley and the Illinois Police Training Institute at the University of Illinois in Champaign. He began his career in law enforcement in 1990 as a patrolman for the village of Ladd and also worked part-time for the Princeton Police Department under Chief Mel Hult. Reed says he's thought about running for
Sheriff for awhile, and when current Sheriff John Thompson said he wasn't seeking re-election, Reed felt it was an opportune time to run. Reed said his top priority includes improving and expanding efforts to combat the current drug issue. He says he would continue to update equipment for the safety of the deputies and residents, without being a burden to taxpayers and would work closely with the Bureau County Board to improve countywide radio communications. Reed and his wife Maria live in Arlington. Reed is the only declared Democratic candidate so far for Bureau County Sheriff. Two other Bureau County men have announced their candidacy for the Republican nomination in the race for sheriff. James Shipp of rural Princeton and Allan Beaber of Princeton will face off in the 2014 March primary election.
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