Gateway resident and former LCSO Detective Mike Zaleski has withdrawn his candidacy to become the next Sheriff of Lee County, according to

The News-Press recently reported that incumbent Sheriff Mike Scott has raised $475,000 dollars for his re-election campaign, an incredible amount of money. That may have prompted Zaleski to re-consider running for the county’s top law enforcement position. Zaleski had raised just $1,200.

Zaleski has worked in public service most of his life, including spending time with the United States Air Force, Chicago Police Department and the Lee County Sheriff’s Office. He currently works in private security, according to the News-Press.

James Didio and Stephanie Zeller will challenge Scott in the Republican primary, while Ernest Colby is running for Sheriff with no party affiliation.

Zaleski worked for the Lee County Sheriff’s Office from 2006 to 2013, and was lauded for his work fighting human trafficking.

Zaleski did not return our request for comment.

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