Greenville, IL – Bond County Sheriff Jeff Brown has signed on to serve as chairman of Jason Plummer’s campaign for state senate in the 54th district. Plummer, who announced his candidacy last month, praises Sheriff Brown and says law enforcement will be an integral part of the campaign.
“Rural Illinois has been hit hard by the opioid epidemic and related crime. I am honored that Sheriff Brown and other law enforcement officials are joining with me to develop policies that can confront these problems head on. I am a big believer in surrounding yourself with the best people and Sheriff Brown’s leadership and expertise are highly respected in the law enforcement community. I will rely heavily on his knowledge of the issues going forward.”
Plummer, an intelligence officer in the Navy Reserves and Vice President of R.P. Lumber, has made fighting crime and the spread of opioid addiction a central message of his senate campaign. Last year alone 1,889 people died from opioid overdoses in Illinois and on October 26th, President Trump declared the opioid epidemic a national health emergency.
“This is obviously a very complex and difficult issue,” Sheriff Brown stated when asked about the rise in opioid use. “The economy plays an important role, and the relationship between joblessness and addiction is strong. What I want to see from elected officials is a plan to create quality jobs and a willingness to partner with local law enforcement agencies to coordinate a regional approach to reducing opioid dependency, educating young people, and stemming the flow of drugs into our neighborhoods. Jason is a job creator, served his country, and is strongly committed to these goals and that’s why I support his candidacy for state senate.”
Jeff Brown has served as Sheriff of Bond County since 1994 and is a veteran of the Illinois army National Guard and Air Force Reserves, where he served as a special agent providing protective services for military leaders and other dignitaries. Sheriff Brown resides in Greenville.
 The Editorial Board, “Illinois vs. the opioid epidemic,” The Chicago Tribune, September 11, 2017, Opinion.