The Office of Sheriff was on the ballot in 3 counties yesterday: Genesee, Niagara, and Steuben. In Niagara the incumbent, Sheriff Jim Voutour, ran unopposed. In both Genesee and Steuben counties, the current Undersheriff ran unopposed after the sitting Sheriff announced plans to retire at the end of the year.
Races with No Incumbent
In Genesee County, Sheriff Gary Maha chose not to run for an 8th term. Current Undersheriff William Sheron, Jr. announced his intention to run for Sheriff back in January and later received Republican Party endorsement. He appeared on yesterday’s ballot unopposed, thus winning election to his first term as Genes County Sheriff. Early in his career, Sheriff-Elect Sheron was promoted to sergeant at age 26, the youngest sergeant in Genesee County history. He also founded a ground-breaking drug task force and served as Chief Deputy before becoming Undersheriff in 1996.
In Steuben County, Sheriff David Coleannounced in May that he would not run for a second term. A week later, Undersheriff James Allard announced his intention to run for Sheriff and gained the Republican Party endorsement. He appeared on yesterday’s ballot unopposed, thus winning election to his first term as Steuben County Sheriff. The Sheriff-Elect served for 21 years with the City of Corning Police Department. He retired in 2009 as a Lieutenant and became Undersheriff in 2013. He also was a session director for the Southern Tier Law Enforcement Academy at Corning Community College.