Press Release: DuPage County Sheriff Mendrick Endorses Pekau in Race for IL-06

“Keith Pekau is what a real law and order mayor looks like… I know he will be a leader in restoring peace on American streets and making our families safe.”

Orland Park, IL—In the race for US House in Illinois’ Sixth District, Mayor Keith Pekau has earned the endorsement of DuPage County Sheriff James Mendrick.

“Keith Pekau is what a real law and order mayor looks like. He is a leader who cares more about the safety of his citizens, law enforcement officers, and has actively been working against those who are soft on crime and wish to dismantle the police,” Mendrick said in a statement.

“While crime rates are rising at alarming levels across the rest of Cook County, crime rates in Orland Park have dropped to their lowest rates in 27 years. Under Pekau’s leadership, Orland Park has flourished. People are keeping their families there, and over 600 new businesses have opened in Orland Park in the past 5 years. They’re moving to Orland Park because they know that with Mayor Pekau at the helm, they will be safe. His common-sense leadership has served his community very well. I am endorsing Keith, and fully supporting his campaign to take his smart, no-nonsense approach to public safety to Congress. I know he will be a leader in restoring peace on American streets and making our families safe.”

With over 25 years in law enforcement, Sheriff Mendrick is a well-respected figure in DuPage County, the second largest county in Illinois. His innovative approach to law enforcement has made DuPage County safer, reduced the rates of recidivism and relapse among ex-offenders, empowered ex-offenders to become self-sufficient through workplace readiness preparation and skills development.

Mendrick leads 400 sworn officers and 100 civilian employees.

“I’m honored to receive the Sheriff’s endorsement,” said Keith Pekau. “He has dedicated his life to serving his community. Thanks to his hard work and leadership, residents in DuPage live their lives in peace knowing that the Sheriff’s office is working to keep them safe. I look forward to continuing to work together to restore safety on our streets.”

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