Constitutionally speaking, the County Sheriff is the only law enforcement position in Illinois mandated by law. Locally, the Peoria County Sheriff has jurisdiction over 600 square miles and an annual budget of $16M. It is a position of immense responsibility and one that should not be taken lightly by the voters.
It is the Libertarian Party of Greater Peoria’s mission to support candidates who defend the Constitution and advance liberty, regardless of their political affiliation. Without a candidate of our own in the Sheriff’s race, our party met with both Chief Brian Fengel (D) and Sheriff Brian Asbell (R). Our party had the opportunity to have open and honest discussions about the Sheriff’s office and the direction each candidate would take it. While it was clear that Chief Fengel was a good man and great Chief of Police for Bartonville, it was abundantly clear that the experience and leadership of Sheriff Asbell far surpassed his opponent.
Sheriff Asbell proved he had the experience by literally working in every department in the Peoria County Sheriff’s office. He has proven his commitment to addressing root causes through programs to reduce recidivism and help get prisoners treatment needed. He proved he aligned with our principle of fiscal responsibility by reducing the size and cost of the Sheriff’s Department by over a million dollars in his first year. He has predominantly self-funded his campaign rather than attempting to get the support from special interests or unions. As a U.S. Army Veteran, he is not afraid to be bold when it comes to doing the right thing, which is abundantly clear in his unabashed stance that the prohibition of cannabis is lifeblood of gangs and other organized crime. Sheriff Asbell consistently shows courage that is rare in today’s political climate.
Our party does not take endorsements lightly. Our principles are non-negotiable and our support is not easily earned. We are very proud that we were able to get to know both candidates. We are in a unique position to say that we took an independent look at both candidates and now hope to help others make their decision. It is for that reason the Libertarian Party of Greater Peoria is proud to announce our official endorsement of Brian Asbell for Peoria County Sheriff.
Chairman, Libertarian Party of Greater Peoria