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The Race for Livingston County Sheriff

Livingston County, N.Y. - Livingston County has had the same sheriff for almost a quarter century.

That will change when voters choose between Republican Tom Dougherty and Conservative candidate Jim Szczesniak.

It's a rematch of a very close-- hotly contested primary race.

I think it's time, I believe it's time for a change, said Leslie Rook, an undecided voter as of Monday afternoon. I like Szczesniak because he's got the years and experience behind him and Dougherty because he's younger and he may have some new ideas on how to make some positive changes.

After a narrow margin in the primaries, residents expect another close race on Election Day.

I'm a small businessman and I think competition is good thing, said George Hochbrueckner of Geneseo. I think that they've been both stating the facts of what they want to do, what they want to change. I think it's only going to make for a better sheriff's department.

Conservative candidate Jim Szczesniak went door to door Monday, trying to get some last minute votes.

We want to make sure the people of Livingston County know how passionate we are about our community, said Szczesniak. My campaign is about experience, dedication and integrity. I've served the community for 28 years and the community has prepared me well to take that next step.

Republican candidate Tom Dougherty said he hopes people head to the polls Tuesday.

I have nine years in law enforcement ... We have a $14 million budget, and thats a large budget for our county ... Well improve public safety and do it the most fiscally responsible way we can, said Dougherty.

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