Corrections officer announces candidacy for Oneida County Sheriff

By By ANDREW DONOVAN

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - A corrections officer would like a promotion at the Oneida County Jail. David Rodriguez, a Democrat who has worked at the jail since 1993, announced Friday that he would run for the office of Oneida County Sheriff.

Just a day after Rodriguez's announcement, the Oneida County Democratic Committee unanimously voted to endorse New York Mills Mayor Robert Maciol for the job.

Rodriguez released a statement Friday saying, "After having many conversations with friends and many citizens in Oneida County, I've decided to Officially announce my candidacy for Oneida County Sheriff. The many people that I have spoken with agree with the fact that politics has always been a big factor when choosing a candidate."

He went on to say, "I understand that this position has politics associated with it however, my focus is public safety and those who provide it. Crime within our County is the worst we've all seen in decades, and there is no room for political indifferences at a time like this. As Sheriff, I will put the citizens of our County first, and implement new policies for the Sheriff's Office to ensure that we are proactive as possible in our services."

Rodriguez joins an already crowded field of candidates for the position.

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