Antanavige withdraws from Sheriff's race; supports Townsend

ONEIDA COUNTY, N.Y. (WKTV) - One of the candidates for Oneida County Sheriff has announced he is officially withdrawing from the race and throwing his support behind another candidate.

Captain Richard Antanavige, a 31 year veteran of the Oneida County Sheriff's Office has announced he is withdrawing as a candidate for Oneida County Sheriff and is endorsing current Assemblyman Dave Townsend.

"I'm pleased and honored to announce my support for Assemblyman Dave Townsend as our next Oneida County Sheriff," Captain Antanavige said. "I've known Dave Townsend as a fellow member of the Sheriff's Office and as our State Assemblyman. We worked side by side in the Sheriff's Office and there is no person I would trust more than Dave Townsend as a fellow law enforcement officer. His understanding of the Sheriff's Office and his support for the law enforcement community as a member of the Assembly was second to none."

Captain Antanavige called the Republican Townsend "a man of integrity; he's honest and hardworking." Antanavige said he felt that Townsend would have the confidence of the more than 450 members of the Sheriff's Office.

"I urge everyone to get behind me in supporting Dave Townsend for Oneida County Sheriff."

Many others have expressed interest in seeking the seat being vacated by current Sheriff Daniel Middaugh.

New York Mills Mayor and full-time police officer in the Village of Whitesboro Robert Maciol has been endorsed by the Oneida County Democratic Committee as the Democratic candidate for the position..

Corrections officer Angela Gumbarevic has also said that she will seek the position as a democrat. David Rodriguez, a Democrat who has worked at the Oneida County Jail since 1993, announced on Friday, April 23 that he would run for the office of Oneida County Sheriff.

Rome Police Commissioner James Masucci is also seeking the position.

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