Randy Bower says he has enough signatures to force GOP primary

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 11 June 2015 at 12:00 am

HOLLEY – Randy Bower said today he already has enough signatures to force a Republican Primary in the race for sheriff against GOP-endorsed candidate Tom Drennan.

Drennan received the Republican Party Committee’s endorsement on May 7. There are about 10,000 registered Republicans in Orleans County. To force a primary, Bower needs at least 5 percent or about 500 signatures on petitions from eligible Republicans

Those petitions are due to the Board of Elections between July 6-9.

Bower said he has far exceeded the minimum threshold to force a Republican Primary on Sept. 10.

“I have more than enough,” he said. “It is unbelievable how well we did.”

Bower has worked as a dispatcher since 1986 for the Orleans County Sheriff’s Department. He has the Conservative Party endorsement and will be on the ballot in November.

Drennan started his career with the Sheriff’s Department as a deputy in 1992 on road patrol. He has been the department’s chief deputy since July 2006.

The Orleans County Democratic Party last week endorsed a retired Medina police officer and investigator, Don Organisciak, as its candidate.

Scott Hess, the current sheriff, has decided to retire after his term expires on Dec. 31.