Republican Erie County Sheriff Candidates Prepare for Primary Day
BUFFALO NY (WIVB) – It’s a busy primary race for Erie County Sheriff, with five people looking to replace Sheriff Tim Howard, who is not seeking re-election. News 4 checked in with the two Republican candidates competing for their spot on the ballot in the fall.
Republican candidates include retired Buffalo Police Detective John Garcia and former Buffalo Police Department District Chief Karen Healy-Case.
“Well, I think my 25 years of law enforcement where I really did it all at work and these things are on the forefront of today. The opioid epidemic, the mental wellness crisis we are also experiencing, shootings, homicides, etc. Garcia said.
Garcia is approved by the Buffalo Police Department and Sheriff Howard.
“They believe in me and they believe in me because I did the job and I’m here for the right reasons, which is to make the Erie County Sheriff’s Office a great place to work and to deliver the best. service and the best protection of our community, ”he said.
Healy-Case is supported by the Republican Party.
“I’m by far the strongest candidate, and I watch what I bring to the table in both the private sector and law enforcement, and I think the mix of the two makes me the the most unique and qualified candidate for this position, “she said.
Healy-Case says she can bring an outside view into the sheriff’s office.
“It’s not a good time there. It’s been pretty crazy for police across the country, and I think I have this unique experience that brings the private sector with law enforcement and I can unite them, ”Healy-Case said. “I can help restore trust in the community with the police, law enforcement and our community.”
Sarah Minkewicz is a journalist who has been part of the News 4 team since 2019. See more of her work here.