Saratoga County Sheriff race heats up

Posted at: 08/17/2013 3:28 PM
Updated at: 08/18/2013 7:50 AM
By: Dan Bazile

The race for the Republican nomination for Saratoga County Sheriff is heating up. The primary election is about three weeks away and the candidates, Michael Zurlo and Jeff Gildersleeve, are going door to door to get their message out.

Their shoes are showing signs of wearing out, but the candidates hoping to be the next Saratoga County Sheriff push on as they knock on door after door. They both feel the campaign trail has been pretty good so far.

We caught up with Michael Zurlo and Jeff Gildersleeve in Clifton Park while they were passing out flyers. The two have a similar message, but with varying ideas. Zurlo is touting his years in the Saratoga County Sheriff's department and says he plans to build on the legacy of Sheriff James Bowen, who will retire at the end of the year.

However, Gildersleeve says there's some work to be done with heavy drugs making a come back into the county.

“We're seeing a real burgeoning problem with prescription drug abuse and heroin. 3424 Heroin is actually making a big come back in the area,” says the Sheriff hopeful.

Gildersleeve says his drug enforcement background makes him the right person to deal with that problem. He was also with the state police for more than two decades.

They both say their long careers in law enforcement make them the perfect candidate to succeed Bowen.

They've been trying to say positive. But there have been some negative complaints, one more recently from Gildersleeve who says Zurlo is trying to hide his campaign donors.

“It was an oversight on my treasurer. We have since corrected it. I don't believe that's an issue at all,” Zurlo explains.

The winner in the September 10th primary will face democrat Phil Lindsey, who's also running on the conservative line.