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The race for Wyoming County Sheriff sees Republican incumbent Sheriff Ned Sherman being challeged by Deputy Corey Sidorek, who is on the Democratic ballot after earning enough Democratic write-ins in the May primary.

Sherman is running for his second term, while Sidorek is running for elected office for the first time.

Nonetheless, both candidates indicated that their first priority was keeping Wyoming County residents and visitors to the courthouse safe.

“Security is always a challenge in the state of the world today,” Sherman said. “People are challenging authority more than ever before, and we have to make sure everyone is safe, so everyone gets to go home.”

Sidorek agreed, and, if elected, said he wants to begin interacting with the County’s youth earlier on.

“I’m trying to bring some youth and some different ideas to the office,” Sidorek said, “and I think we should engage with the youth at an earlier age. They should see us out there working in the community, so their first experience with us isn’t when they get in trouble.”

Sidorek suggested getting the department involved in community programs, like Big Brothers Big Sisters.

According to Sherman, making the department more visible in the community, and facilitating more inter-agency cooperation, have been his goals since he was elected four years ago.

“Since I started I’ve tried to make us more visible,” Sherman said. “We’ve been out more assisting other police agencies and have been out on the roads assisting other departments.”

Sherman also said he is proud of the new equipment the sheriff’s department has upgraded to during his tenure, and hopes to continue helping his deputies get the most up-to-date training.

Sidorek said one of his goals will be to “address the county’s drug problem at a lower level.”

“We have a great drug court in Wyoming County, but drug court is only available to those who would have gone to state prison,” he said. “We should look for similar programs for lower-level offenders.”

Sherman, who has 35 years of experience in law enforcement including work on the Tunkhannock Twp. police force, said he wants to be seen as “experienced, conscientious, and someone who is working hard to ensure a safer community.”

Sidorek, who works part-time with the Tunkhannock Twp. Police and the Laceyville Borough Police, said he wants voters to regard him as “caring, approachable, and someone who wants to do his job well.”