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A great success!

Last night we held a Steak fry fundraiser in Morton at the Knights of Columbus Hall. We packed the hall with so many great people who support our campaign! It is so humbling to stand in front of a room full of supporters (many whom I met for the first time) and see the overwhelming amount of support and love that is shown to us.

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We had some amazing steaks, sides, entertainment, and a great silent auction which did very well. I am amazed at the growing support and people wishing us well. This campaign is more than just electing a Sheriff, this is about making a change in our county. This election is about choosing someone who is passionate and has a vision for the future, and who cares about the people inside the Sheriff’s Office, as well as those we serve. I appreciated hearing from our Coroner, Dr. Jeff Baldi. Dr. Baldi is a man who also really cares about this county and had some great words of wisdom for our supporters.

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This has been an amazing year of meeting some absolutely wonderful people from all over this county. It has been great to interact with people from all walks of life. From fundraisers to parades, our group has certainly had fun!

 

We would love to have you join our group. You can help out in many ways!

Thank you so much for your support and for believing in me to be your next Sheriff!

 

Mike Eeten

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Dark Closet

As a small child, I remember one room in the house that really scared me. It was a dark closet which actually contained Christmas decorations and it was rarely opened. When it was opened it was very dark and there were always spiders and large monsters lurking, just waiting to eat me whole. I knew this because my active imagination heard the monster growl and the wall would shake. For some reason when my dad would go in and get the Christmas decorations, they never ate him. I figured they were afraid of my dad and left him alone. For most of the year that door was never opened and many times was even blocked by furniture. As I grew older, I became more brave and decided to shine a light inside that dark closet and much to my surprise, there were no monsters, or even a spider that I could find.

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I always viewed politics as that dark closet. There were things in there that I knew were not right, pleasant, or even legal in some cases.  There were things that took place that I never cared to know about. Just the crack that I could look through was enough to keep me away. As I have became involved in “politics” I have stepped in to that room, and I have turned on the brightest light that I can. I believe that there is a lot that needs changed in many places in Government. I have a choice to ignore the problem and stay away, or I can shine a light and make positive changes with the help of great people in this county. I am not saying that all is gloom and doom and bad, but it is time to clean out the closet. We need to look ahead to where we want to go.

From day one I have talked about Vision. We can not keep doing things the way they have been done for the past 40 years. Law Enforcement is changing rapidly, and we must change with it, develop new ideas for engaging with the public and strengthening relationships inside between the administration and unions, and outside the Sheriff’s Office as well. We need to act and not just talk about the Heroin epidemic that is killing so many in our county. This has been something that I have been working on far before my run for this office.

Experience is what we know now and where we have been. A vision takes us where we need to go. As a former business owner, one thing that I always knew for sure was that we always needed to think about tomorrow even if today was going well. We needed a strategic plan, a road map, or a vision for where were wanted to go so we could be successful and grow.

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We have some amazing deputies, corrections officers, control room operators, and support staff who are very good at what they do. I am excited to bring a vision to the office that will allow our staff to not only enjoy coming to work, but be able to help the Office by being allowed to be creative and develop their gifts and abilities. I am a forward thinker who is very good at bringing people together. I am passionate about being your next Sheriff, and I am ready to hit the ground running. Once elected, it will not be business as usual, we will work hard to meet our new objectives, to follow our strategic plan, and to take the Sheriff’s Office to a new level.

Thank you for believing in me and for your support! If you would like to hear more, we invite you to our Steak Fry next weekend (Saturday, October 14th) at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Morton. Tickets are $30 and must be purchased in advance. You can buy them at www.eetenforsheriff.fund.

 

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Steak Fry

Hello everyone!

I wanted to remind you on of Steak Fry on Saturday, October 14th from 6-10pm in Morton at the Knights of Columbus Hall. I am excited to not only have a great meal together, but to meet you and share a little more about my vision for Tazewell County.

If you have never attended a “political fundraiser” no worries. There is nothing weird, no chants, political arguments, or any nonsense. We will have a fun evening with entertainment by Matt Miller. Check him out! https://youtu.be/ubihmvdk48s

Tickets are $30 and can be purchased online by clicking here.

I hope that you will make plans to join us for a fun evening!

 

Mike Eeten

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People who influence us…

I have always looked up to a man over the years who has been in law enforcement for many many years. His name is Ty Delaware. From the time I was a young Police Explorer, I would ride with Ty who was a Sergeant with the North Pekin Police Department. I am sure that Ty had better things to do many nights than hang out with a teenager with a thousand questions. Ty was always so good to me and I would look forward to riding with Ty for days in advance.

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I have always respected Ty because of his calm and fair demeanor, his willingness to always help and listen to people who needed him, and of course his sense of humor. Ty worked many hard and long hours to provide for his family, and many times would work 16+ hours a day most days of the week. One night I remember Ty being so tired and he parked his car to run radar. He gave me the controls and said “let me know when we get one!” In the middle of the sentence, he dozed off. Well, a few moments later a car ran a stop sign and I yelled “Ty! We have one!” Without missing a beat, he put the car in drive and punched the accelerator and we were in pursuit. I flipped on the lights and we passed cars to catch up. Ty said  which one is it? I said “The one you just passed!” We had so many good laughs. Ty was and is a real guy. He does not admit to be perfect or have all the answers, but he was a tremendous example to me of what a good cop looks like. Ty has always stood for what is right, is very honest, and a great man of Integrity. Ty has had a couple “close calls” which could have been life threatening to him. Through all of his personal struggles, Ty has always had a smile, and has been very positive.

I am so thankful for my friendship with this man. Now that I am running for Sheriff, it once again meant the world to me to have him give me a huge hug and tell me that he believes in me and is proud of me.

We all have the ability to be a great influence on someone, to be a great encouragement, and truly make a difference in someone’s life even if we don’t know it. We have one chance to live it well. It is easy to be negative or complain, but what are you going to do today to make a positive difference in someone’s life??

Mike

PS: Don’t forget to buy your ticket to our Steak Fry! I promise you will have a blast! Hope to see you there. You can by tickets at www.eetenforsheriff.fund. Tickets are $30.

 

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Life is short…

When I first announced my run for Sheriff, I had a gentleman by the name of Dick Montgomery who sent me a message and wanted to meet with me. I met with Dick at his office for a couple of hours. He told me that he had been watching what I had been doing for the last few years and when I announced my run for Sheriff, he was very excited. Dick went on to tell me that he supported me and wanted to help with the campaign.

This man was so full of life, excitement and a tremendous love for his family and wife, Rowena. I had never met this man before, but in a matter of a couple short hours, I felt like I knew him my whole life. People told me that the best part of running for an office, is meeting some incredible people along the way. That statement is so true! Dick rooted me on, sent messages of encouragement, and always had a smile that you would never forget.

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I received a text message from Dick the day of the Tremont Turkey Festival parade on June 10th. The message said “We would love to be there with you today, but I have received some devastating medical news recently that will not allow us to be there. I am sorry my friend. Good luck today!” A week later, Dick slipped away to meet Jesus. It all went so fast and left his family and all of us in shock and sad to lose someone like him!

Months before Dick passed away and even knew he was sick, I listened to a song by switchfoot called “Live it well”. The lyrics hit me and it became my personal theme song for this campaign. When Dick passed away, these lyrics became even more real and meaningful.

Take the burden from my arms
Take the anchors off my lungs
Take me broken and make me one
Break the silence and make it a song
Life is short; I wanna live it well
One life, one story to tell
Life is short; I wanna live it well
And you’re the one I’m living for
Awaken all my soul
Every breath that you take is a miracle
Life is short; I wanna live it well, yeah
I wanna sing with all my heart a lifelong song
Even if some notes come out right and some come out wrong
‘Cause I can’t take none of that through the door
Yeah, I’m living for more than just a funeral
I wanna burn brighter than the dawn
Life is short; I wanna live it well
One life, one story to tell
Life is short; I wanna live it well
And you’re the one I’m living for
Awaken all my soul
Every breath that you take is a miracle
Life is short; I wanna live it well, yeah
I got one life and one love
I got one voice, but maybe that’s enough
‘Cause with one heartbeat and two hands to give
I got one shot and one life to live
One life to live, yeah
And every breath you take is a miracle
Life is short; I wanna live it well
One life, one story to tell (one love)
Life is short; I wanna live it well
And you’re the one I’m living for (the one, yeah)
Awaken all my soul
Every breath that you take is a miracle
Life is short; I wanna live it well
And you’re the one I’m living for
One life, one love
(One love) One life, one love
(One voice) One voice, yeah
(And that’s enough) And that’s enough, oh
(One heartbeat, two hands to give)
I got one shot and one life to live
One life to live
If you would like to hear this song, it is on the latest video we released on Facebook. Click here 
I truly believe that my calling is to run for Sheriff. I have no idea how long God will give me life, but while I have it, I am committed to living it well, encouraging, building, believing, and loving. Thank you for believing in me and for your support to be the next Tazewell County Sheriff.
Mike

Support from my sons…

As you know if you have read much about me, I have 3 boys ages 10,11, & 12. The boys have walked in the parades, attended campaign meetings with us, and have even helped set up our float. September has been a very busy month with 4 festivals which means 4 parades in the last 3 weeks. My sons, Seth, Isaiah, and Jonah have been troopers through this with long days and long walks in the parades.

My middle son Isaiah (11) told me that he wrote a story about me running for Sheriff at his school and was so proud to talk about how hard his dad was working to become the Sheriff so he could do even more for people. Then my son Seth (12) came up to Courtney and I and told me that he has decided what he was going to do with his birthday money from his upcoming birthday in October. Seth told us that he wanted to donate all of his birthday money to our campaign so I can win and be the Sheriff. I was so taken back that my 12 year old son would want to do something like that. He told me that he believes in me and knows that I would make a great Sheriff.

As I choked back the tears, I did not know what to say this this sweet boy who would say this to me. As a father, this is what I want my boys to become. I want them to be able to think beyond themselves and take care of other people. I just never expected him to want to do that for me.

I am humbled by the support of my children, family, and friends. Thank you to everyone who waved at us, sent us messages, or came out to meet us.  I am proud to be a candidate for Sheriff, and I will always work hard for you. Thank you for believing in me!

Mike

 

 

 

 

 

A great weekend!

There is one thing I know for sure…I have eaten a lot of Festival food this year! We have really enjoyed spending time in communities all over Tazewell County this year celebrating with them for their annual festivals. We just wrapped up a busy weekend at the Marigold Festival in Pekin. We even picked up a celebrity endorsement while there!

When we met Erik Estrada, he told me that he noticed I was running for Sheriff. He pulled out a piece of paper and made up a sign. He insisted that we help him color it in as well! It was great to be able to meet him since I grew up watching CHiPs! Actually, my brother and I would ride our bikes around the neighborhood together side by side pretending we were Ponch and John. We had little sirens on our bikes and would pull other kids over in the neighborhood. Great times!!

We met so many wonderful people. It really was encouraging to have so many people come out and offer their support to me. The parade was packed with so many smiling faces and, of course, the weather could not have been any better!

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We had an all star team walk with us in the parade and I could not have been more proud of the group of people with us! Can you spot all of the characters in this picture? We had Mickey Mouse, Tigger, Bugs Bunny, and Winnie the Pooh join us for this parade! The kids absolutely loved it!

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I was asked to emcee a question and answer program at the kids experience tent. This was a chance for kids to ask policemen questions about being a Police Officer. This was VERY entertaining and I am thankful to get this opportunity.

I also found a picture that looked a lot like me! Wait…it is me! Katelyn Price used sidewalk chalk and entered a contest were many people of all ages put their artistic abilities to great use! Katelyn took a picture of myself and a little boy named Ryker and drew this free hand. Katelyn did an amazing job!!

On Sunday afternoon, I went to Washington to attend the 9/11 remembrance service that they hold every year in Washington Park. This was a beautiful service which brought out hundreds of people. All of the sports teams, band, choir, cheerleaders, and other students attended and were a part of the program. The back drop consisted of fire trucks, ambulances, and police cars. Just before the service began, Life Flight landed one of their helicopters right next to the crowd. I am proud of Washington for faithfully holding this service each and every year to remember 9/11, and also pay tribute to first responders in our communities.

 

We are excited to be in Morton for the Pumpkin Festival this coming weekend! I hope to be able to meet you, if I have not already. Also, we have an exciting fundraiser coming up in Morton and I would love to see you there! We will be having a steak fry with special guest Matt Miller. Tickets are available online at www.eetenforsheriff.fund. Thank you for your support and for believing in me!

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