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Buffett will run for sheriff while Effingham County sheriff retires, citing state laws as one reason

Monday, May 3, 2021

* Brenden Moore

Even as the 2018 Macon County sheriff’s election between incumbent Tony Brown and challenger Jim Root remains unsettled, the focus could soon turn to 2022 as another familiar name appears to be eyeing the office.

Howard G. Buffett, the 66-year-old Decatur philanthropist, businessman and former sheriff, has formed a candidate political committee to support a possible run for sheriff, according to campaign finance documents filed with the Illinois State Board of Elections last October.

According to the documents, Buffett plans to run as a Republican, which could set up a head-to-head matchup with incumbent Brown, a Democrat who won by a single vote in 2018.

Buffett is Brown’s direct predecessor, serving out the final 14 months of former Sheriff Thomas Schneider’s term. Schneider is listed as chairman of the “Committee to Elect Buffett for Sheriff.”

Buffett has been the main reason why Decatur has sworn off cannabis dispensaries.

* Effingham Daily News

Effingham County will be looking for a new sheriff after Effingham County Sheriff David Mahon announced his June 1 retirement during the quarterly Effingham County Public Safety meeting this week.

Mahon ran as a Republican for Sheriff in 2014, defeating Darren Feldkamp, John Gardner and Mike Schutzbach – all Republican candidates in the 2014 primary election. He became Sheriff in December of 2014. […]

“I was wanting to run one term and wasn’t sure about running the second,” Mahon said. “When I signed my petitions for a second term, I had no grandchildren and none on the way.”

“Now, two and a half years later, I have two grandchildren in East Missouri – 500 miles away. And my son has one on the way in Oregon,” Mahon added. “I turned 60 this last year and I think it’s a good time to bring some new people up.”

In a Letter to the Editor, Mahon said, “While my decision to retire is based on my personal life changes, this decision is reaffirmed by the pending anti-law enforcement legislation coming out of Springfield.”

Darren Bailey on Facebook

Thank you Sheriff Mahon for your service!

In a Letter to the Editor, Mahon said, “While my decision to retire is based on my personal life changes, this decision is reaffirmed by the pending anti-law enforcement legislation coming out of Springfield.”

Friends, we are seeing a lot of law enforcement retire due to what’s coming out of Springfield. I will continue working to restore respect to law enforcement and keep our communities safe, and as your next Governor, I’ll work to reverse Pritzker’s radical agenda against law enforcement!

Yeah, I’m thinking there won’t be a shortage of candidates to replace Sheriff Mahon.

- Posted by Rich Miller        

23 Comments »
  1. - Ducky LaMoore - Monday, May 3, 21 @ 3:52 pm:

    “I turned 60 this last year and I think it’s a good time to bring some new people up.”

    Call me ageist, but I think this guy has the right idea. I am sick of seeing pictures of political figures that look like an ad for a retirement home.


  2. - PublicServant - Monday, May 3, 21 @ 3:55 pm:

    === this decision is reaffirmed by the pending anti-law enforcement legislation coming out of Springfield ===

    If Bailey’s for him, I’m glad he’s gone.


  3. - DownSouth - Monday, May 3, 21 @ 3:59 pm:

    East Missouri is now 500 miles from Effingham?


  4. - Oswego Willy - Monday, May 3, 21 @ 4:06 pm:

    ===pending anti-law enforcement legislation===

    “Being held accountable is too hard to uphold”

    Better.


  5. - Third Reading - Monday, May 3, 21 @ 4:13 pm:

    I trust Sheriff Mahon will continue to enjoy the benefits of Illinois incredibly law enforcement friendly pension laws.

    https://www.effinghamdailynews.com/effingham-county-sheriff-david-mahon-to-retire-june-1/article_8b9f1326-a86f-11eb-aa82-17bbf65c382d.html


  6. - DuPage Saint - Monday, May 3, 21 @ 4:15 pm:

    @Ducky LaMore. You are absolutely right. And I am old but really some people should just let it go. I do not believe in term limits but I might sign on for age limits


  7. - Collinsville Kevin - Monday, May 3, 21 @ 4:18 pm:

    I was also wondering about Effingham being 500 miles from “east” Missouri. Perhaps both Mahon and Bailey have trouble with the truth.


  8. - Third Reading - Monday, May 3, 21 @ 4:21 pm:

    I’m old enough to remember when the Republicans would have used this guy as a case study for pension reform.

    Where’s WirePoints when you need him?


  9. - Bruce( no not him) - Monday, May 3, 21 @ 4:23 pm:

    Maybe 500 miles round trip. Kansas City is only 340 miles from Effingham.
    Sheriffs don’t have to do maths.


  10. - don the legend - Monday, May 3, 21 @ 4:28 pm:

    ==Buffett has been the main reason why Decatur has sworn off cannabis dispensaries.==

    Yeah that’s the answer. Those fines will outstrip the lost tax revenue and higher cost of arrests and black market profits.


  11. - Anon221 - Monday, May 3, 21 @ 4:28 pm:

    “East Missouri – 500 miles away…”

    Round trippin’, maybe;)


  12. - Oswego Willy - Monday, May 3, 21 @ 4:29 pm:

    === Maybe 500 miles round trip. Kansas City is only 340 miles from Effingham.===

    You’re on it.

    Shreveport, LA and Tulsa, OK are roughly 517 miles from Effingham.

    That’s fun.


  13. - Candy Dogood - Monday, May 3, 21 @ 4:34 pm:

    It’d sure be nice to have the Sheriff explain exactly what his issues with the new laws are — like, is he retiring because he just can’t do his job if he’s not allowed to order his deputies to kill unarmed children and to violently target minorities?


  14. - Pot calling kettle - Monday, May 3, 21 @ 5:24 pm:

    ==It’d sure be nice to have the Sheriff explain exactly what his issues with the new laws are==

    I second that. However, it could be that he believed the misleading, and in some cases false, press releases from the Sheriff’s Assoc.


  15. - Behind the Scenes - Monday, May 3, 21 @ 5:33 pm:

    I think Buffett has gone past the “thinking about it” stage. A lot of billboards for his election have gone up around Decatur today.


  16. - Huh? - Monday, May 3, 21 @ 6:40 pm:

    “… this decision is reaffirmed by the pending anti-law enforcement legislation …”

    “I’m quitting because I’m not going to be coerced into enforcing laws I don’t like.”

    Fixed it for ya.


  17. - Mad Hatter - Monday, May 3, 21 @ 7:10 pm:

    Pension reform…?

    Mahon has two Pension bites…ISP…And Sheriff’s Pension


  18. - Cool Papa Bell - Monday, May 3, 21 @ 7:40 pm:

    Wife is 30 years ISP. Two folks who probably don’t care too much for this recent government overreach will sure be enjoying their government pension or two or three for a long time.

    Never fails. The stop the government folks often work for the government and enjoy it’s largesse for decades.


  19. - Big Foot - Monday, May 3, 21 @ 8:06 pm:

    Mahon is retiring so he can pick his successor.
    The CountyBoard will follow his recommendations.


  20. - Blue Dog - Monday, May 3, 21 @ 8:15 pm:

    …if he’s hot allowed to order his deputies to kill unarmed children….how ignorant.


  21. - Kayak - Monday, May 3, 21 @ 8:56 pm:

    It still blows my mind that supposedly the =pending anti-law enforcement legislation coming out of Springfield= will both cause honest cops to leave and also make it hard to attract new honest cops. We’re we only attracting dishonest cops until now? Protect people’s people’s rights? I quit.


  22. - OneMan - Tuesday, May 4, 21 @ 7:53 am:

    I can understand why a Buffet would be afraid of having a dispensary nearby.


  23. - Give Me A Break - Tuesday, May 4, 21 @ 8:04 am:

    “Wife is 30 years ISP. Two folks who probably don’t care too much for this recent government overreach will sure be enjoying their government pension or two or three for a long time.

    Cool Papa I bet if you ask them they will tell you they believe in smaller gvt.


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