Rochester PD sergeant will challenge Bower for Orleans sheriff

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 25 January 2019 at 10:08 pm

Brett Sobieraski ran as undersheriff candidate with Drennan in 2015

Brett Sobieraski

KENT – Brett Sobieraski, a sergeant with the Rochester Police Department, is running for Orleans County Sheriff against Randy Bower.

Sobieraski campaigned in 2015 as the undersheriff candidate for Tom Drennan, who lost a close election to Bower.

Sobieraski, a Kent resident, will officially announce his campaign on Sunday at 10 a.m. in Holley’s Public Square. He posted a campaign sign – “Brett Sobieraski for Orleans County Sheriff” – on his Facebook page this evening and had about 150 likes in an hour.

Sobieraski has a 30-year career in law enforcement, starting with the Lockport Police Department and then the past 26 years with the Rochester Police Department, including work as a supervising sergeant with the Greater Rochester Area Narcotics Enforcement Team.

Sobieraski also has been a training officer, and has raised money for charities with endurance challenges, including swimming 32 miles across Lake Ontario and running 50 straight hours last July along the Erie Canal towpath.

Sobieraski ran over 175 miles in the 50-hour run, raising $13,000 for Special Olympics, which celebrated its 50th anniversary.

Bower and Sobieraski are both reaching out to Republican Party leaders for their support in the endorsement process. The Republican Primary is unusually in September, but has been moved up to the fourth Tuesday in June as part of changes in the state’s election calendar to have all the primaries on the same day in June.

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