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Cortland County Sheriff Candidates Field Questions at Forum

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The three candidates vying to become Cortland County’s next Sheriff answered questions last night at the only public forum prior to election day.

For nearly two hours Democrat Mark Helms, Republican Herb Barnhart, and Conservative Rich Berry took questions at the League of Women Voters forum. Sheriff Forum

Questions ranged from the candidates position on the New York SAFE Act, to plans for the county jail to combating the drug problems in the community.

All three men cited their experience in law enforcement.

Berry is a retired State Trooper.

Both Helms and Barnhart have served in the Sheriff’s Department. Barnhart is the current Undersheriff and Helms currently serves as Homer’s Police Chief.

The newsroom spoke to all three men and asked them why the voters should support them as the next sheriff.

Barnhart said he knows the department inside and out and has been preparing to serve as the next sheriff for the last nine years.

Berry says he comes in with a fresh perspective which will allow for new solutions to problems facing the county.

Helms says he brings a wealth of experience and a commitment to tackle long-standing issues within the department and the county.

Election Day is November 3rd.

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