LIVINGSTON COUNTY — On Wednesday night it was business as usual with a little twist at the Republican Committee organizational meeting.
The committee elected long time Chairman Lowell Conrad to another term and addressed the divide in the party after a difficult Livingston County Sheriff’s primary.
“We will get through this, we have gotten through it before and when it is all said and done it will be business as usual.” Conrad said.
Conrad thanked members for their support and then opened the floor to Tom Dougherty,
the winner of the Republican Primary in the race for Livingston County Sheriff.
“I see a primary as sort of like a family feud but, we now need to unite and come together.” said Dougherty. “I look forward to having your vote on November 5th and truly want to be the people’s Sheriff.”
Dougherty was presented a check from the committee to help him cover campaign costs through the November 5th election.
The twist came prior to the conclusion of the meeting when Undersheriff Jim Szczesniak, who will be running against Dougherty on the Conservative Party line, was allowed to speak by Conrad and address the committee members.
“I want to assure you that you have succeeded, you will have a Republican in office in November. said Szczesniak. “I will run as conservative but I am a republican and I will always be a Republican.”
-note the original story stated that Mr. Conrad invited Mr Szczesniak to speak, but Szczesniak made the actual request.