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UPDATE: First sheriff candidate expresses interest

Retired Saratoga County sheriff’s investigator Michael Zurlo said today he plans to run to replace Sheriff James D. Bowen, who will retire in December.

Zurlo resigned as Stillwater town justice effective 5 p.m. Thursday. He is the first person to publicly confirm interest in the position, though other candidates are expected to follow.

A full story on Zurlo's decision to run for sheriff can be found HERE.

“My intention is to run for sheriff and seek the Republican nomination,” Zurlo said Thursday evening. “I’ll be contacting Republican leaders and making a formal announcement in a few days.”

Saratoga County Republican Committee Chairman John Herrick said he was contact about an endorsement for by Zurlo, who wanted to gauge support. The county committee will meet June 1 to decide on an endorsement.

Candidates will need to interview with the local committees, Herrick said, before the county meeting.

Upon learning of Zurlo's resignation on Thursday, Saratoga County District Attorney James A. Murphy, III said, "Judge Zurlo served with distinction in the Town of Stillwater."

"He was a fair and patient judge," Murphy said. "He always took time to listen to all sides and his rulings were thoughtful and sensible. In criminal cases, his sentences protected the public, punished and rehabilitated the defendant and deterred future crime from occurring."

UPDATE, 04/12/13, 1:35 p.m.: Herrick added that three other candidates have expressed various degrees of interest in being the Republican nominee for sheriff.

David Lombardo contributed to this report

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