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CHARLESTON — A deputy with the Coles County Sheriff’s Office plans to make his second try at running for the position.
Steve Spear announced that he plans to seek the Republican nomination for the sheriff’s office, which will be elected next year.
Eastern Illinois University police Chief Kent Martin as announced candidates for the office. Martin said earlier this month that he also plans to seek the Republican nomination.
Spear’s announcement comes days after current Sheriff Jimmy Rankin, a Republican in his second term,
indicated he won’t seek re-election.
Spear ran for the office in 2018 but lost to Rankin in the Republican primary contest.
In his announcement, Spear said he’s “served in many roles” during his 21 years at the sheriff’s office and his experience includes firearms instructor, accident reconstructionist, training positions and more.
The sheriff’s office will be on the ballot for the March 15 primary and nomination winners will advance to the Nov. 8, 2022, general election.
Recognize these Mattoon-area locations?
Darby Pipe Shop
1984: Larry Kniepkamp weighs custom-blended tobacco for a customer of the Darby Pipe Shop. He custom builds briar pipes for his customers.
1980: Mattoon railroad depot.
Dodge Grove Cemetery
1987: This city backs its patriotic reputation with plenty of granite and bronze. For its size, 20,000 population, Mattoon has an unusually large number of monuments dedicated to those who died or served in wars. There are about 20 such memorials in or near Mattoon.
Dodge Grove Cemetery mausoleums
1988: the last major repairs on the mausoleum in Dodge Grove Cemetery wre done in 1938. Since then, time and vandals had taken their toll.
Dodge Grove Cemetery tombstone
1973: A small white marker tells all that is known for sure about the occupant of this grave in an isolated corner. This year the small Confederate flag that usually stands next to the American flag was missing. The reason for its disappearance is not known.
1987: Do Homann displays one of the garden's fixtures. For 25 years Friendship Garden has been a haven for a variety of birds, trees, flowers and plants. The garden founded by Helen Douglas Hart, takes up a quarter-city-block south of downtown.
1984: Tami Shull, as facilitator, keeps the discussion on track in the quality circle at the General Electric Lamp Plant in Mattoon.
1987: General Electric's Mattoon Lamp Plant.
1945: This is just one of the trailer camps that have been shoe-horned into any sort of vacant space Mattoon can find.
Hulman Warehouse fire
1981: The former Hulman & Co. warehouse near downtown Mattoon was destroyed.