Bigwarfe Runs For Sheriff: 'I Have More To Do'

Bigwarfe Runs For Sheriff: 'I Have More To Do'

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After 32 years working under three sheriffs, Brooks Bigwarfe wants the top job of St. Lawrence County Sheriff.

“I've worked hard to make this county a safe place to live, but I still believe I have more to do, more to offer, and more to accomplish,” he said.

Bigwarfe's boss, Sheriff Kevin Wells, has announced he will retire from the post he has held for almost 12 years. That clears the field for this fall's election.

“The wind is blowing in a message - a message of transition and a message of passing of the baton,” said Wells.

Wells heartily endorses Bigwarfe, who serves as his undersheriff. Bigwarfe went over some accomplishments, including his role in bringing the Amish schoolgirl kidnappers to justice in 2014.

“Our team captured and arrested two of the most dangerous individuals our county had ever seen. The girl's returned home safe. And the criminals were caught, prosecuted and sentenced to serve the rest of their lives in prison,” said Bigwarfe.

A number of Republican officer holders showed up to support Bigwarfe. Those included State Senator Patty Ritchie and Assemblyman Mark Walczak.

It was a show of strength in numbers for Bigwarfe at the county courthouse. It remains to be seen if that will scare off other contenders or draw them in.

The county already has a race for county clerk shaping up. Waddington Mayor Janet Otto-Cassada, a Democrat, and Deputy County Clerk Sandy Santamoor, a Republican, both announced they are running.

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