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Jefferson County Sheriff plans to re-run for seat in 2018

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MT. VERNON -- Jefferson County Sheriff Travis Allen has begun his campaign for another term in office. It comes as Sheriff Allen's first term starts to wrap up.

Although he hasn't made an "official" announcement, Travis Allen is not hiding his plans to run again for Jefferson County Sheriff.

"We've come out on Facebook and let the people know that we are intending to seek another term in 2018," says Allen. 

He held his first fundraiser over the weekend, to get ready for campaign season. Allen has worked in law enforcement for 10 years, starting at the Mt. Vernon Police Department.

Voters first elected Allen in 2014, at age 30, making him the youngest sheriff in Illinois.

"I hope I've proven what I can do and I hope they're happy with it," says Allen. 

He says he hopes to continue to create a more community-oriented police department. Allen says he's spent the last 3 and a half years working to improve community and police relations.

"That was a goal of mine when I first started and we've taken large steps, but we're not where we need to be yet," says Allen. 

He says in order to bring people together and make a dent in crime, you have to start with developing a relationship with young people.  And that is a relationship needs to developed over time. 

"I hope I've done a great job for the county and I'm going to continue to strive to do that."

Allen says he plans to share more ideas on improving community relations closer to election season next spring.

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