Mark Curran has exited the race for Lake County state's attorney.
Curran, the Lake County sheriff, announced this week that he was ending his bid to take on Lake County State's Attorney Mike Nerheim in the 2016 Republican primary. Curran entered the race last month, declaring that "change is needed at the top" and that the incumbent had "done nothing to raise the caliber of the office."
"Last week I met with State's Attorney Mike Nerheim and discussed my reasons for challenging him in the Republican primary," Curran said in his Monday night news release. "He appeared to demonstrate a sincere concern about the issues I raised and I feel we have reached a common ground. Therefore, I am no longer seeking the office of State's Attorney and remain committed to continuing to raise the bar at the Lake County Sheriff's Office."
In an interview with the Lake County News-Sun, Nerheim acknowledged that their offices had some communication issues in the past, but that they have "been able to open up the lines of communication" following their meeting.
"I was happy to learn that he made the decision he made," Nerheim told the newspaper. "I still have a general election to win, but I look forward to continuing to serve the people of Lake County."