Livingston County voters know the importance of local elections, "it's your right to vote," said Kathy Wagner, "and people that don't vote shouldn't complain about who gets elected or who doesn't get elected." Gerry Mansfield added, "it's important to have people that you know and support in your own hometown."
The race for Livingston County Sheriff is the hottest ticket in town. The conservative party settled a tie in the primary choosing Under sheriff Jim Szczesniak, "our campaign, since we announced February 19. has been based on experience, dedication, and integrity," said Szczesniak, "it's been the same message we delivered since day one, we want public safety in Livingston County to remain where it is, we have a safe community, under our leadership we want to make sure we continue to keep Livingston County safe."
Livingston County Sheriff's Department investigator Tom Dougherty won the republican primary, "I've been with the sheriff's department, I'm in my ninth year, and I have that law enforcement experience," said Dougherty, "but I'm also in my 10th year in the private sector, with the combination of a business background from SUNY Geneseo, so we have a 14 million dollar budget, I think the combination of that allows us to move forward. "
Now, voters have their say, "get out there, and exercise that right," said Dougherty.
Szczesniak added, "every vote counts, we've resulted in a tie multiple times here in history in Livingston County, and we want to make sure there's a decisive fraction here today. "
Voters have until nine o'clock Tuesday night to cast their ballots.
Whoever wins will replace long time sheriff John York, who is retiring after 25 years.