CHARLESTON (JG-TC) — The group of candidates for Coles County sheriff is now up to three with the announcement that sheriff’s Deputy James “Jimmy” Rankin plans to run for the office.

Rankin said he plans to seek the Republican nomination for the office, which will be elected in November of next year.

Rankin is a Charleston resident and his announcement said he’s been in law enforcement for 11 years. It also said he’s been involved in several community volunteer projects in recent years and is a military veteran.

The other announced candidates for the office are Greg Voudrie, a captain with the Mattoon Police Department, and Randy Ervin, chief of the Lake Land College Police Department. Voudrie announced that he will run as a Democrat while Ervin indicated he will seek the Republican nomination.

Two-term Sheriff Darrell Cox, a Republican, hasn’t announced whether he plans to run for re-election.

The filing period for the election will be in December. The political parties’ primaries will take place in March, followed by the general election in November.

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