LIVINGSTON COUNTY —Republican candidates toed the line and went on the record during the Livingston County Sheriff’s debate hosted by the GeneseeSun.com and WYSL1040AM.
Undersheriff Jim Szczesniak and Investigator Thomas Dougherty fielded 14 total questions in front of an estimated audience of at 500 people at the Geneseo Central School Auditorium. The event was live streamed as well as aired on WYSL1040AM.
“I thought the debate was wonderful, we got a lot of facts, things I didn’t think to ask about but, we got the information,” said Pedgy Vanburen, who attended the event.
The candidates addressed DWI checkpoints, Safe Act enforcement, administrative policies, ongoing issues with the jail, and others campaign issues.
“I hope that the debate helped undecided voters become decided, that was its purpose, and I hope that’s what occurred tonight,” said Phyllis Wixom.
The Geneseo Central School Auditorium was a colorful scene, as it was nearly filled to capacity with mainly red shirts, Dougherty supporters, on one side and yellow shirts, Szczesniak supporters, on the other.
“I thought both candidates did very well, and I think the debate clearly showed what differences there are,” said Ken Eppolito. “The debate was very well done and well put together.”
One clear difference between the two candidates was the implementation of DWI checkpoints, Investigator Dougherty a supporter of them and Undersheriff Szczesniak against them.
“Tom Dougherty and Matt Bean are going to be your Sheriff, it’s just not going to be in January. ” said Szczesniak.
“We’re going to create a winning team at the Sheriffs department. Livingston County law enforcement is going to be forever changed.” said Investigator Dougherty.
The Republican Primary election, as well as the Conservative Primary is Sept 10.
You can still watch the debate in it’s entirety at http://www.geneseesun.com/sun-tv/news/