Posted Online: April 15, 2013, 4:51 pm

Lee withdraws from RI Sheriff's race

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By Eric Timmons, etimmons@qconline.com

Mitch Lee, a lieutenant in the Rock Island County Sheriff's office, has decided not to run for sheriff.

Mr. Lee announced on April 3 that he planned to run against Sheriff Jeff Boyd in next February's Democratic primary.

But on Monday, Mr. Lee, of Coal Valley, said he had changed his mind. He said he made the decision not to run after meeting with constituents who spoke positively of Sheriff Boyd.

"Thank you to all those who have shown support towards me and my family," said Mr. Lee, who has been with the sheriff's department for almost 20 years.