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Incumbent Merle Fredericks of Medina, who received the GOP endorsement for sheriff earlier this summer, won the important Republican line over Colin P. Murphy of Albion, 2129-611.

Fredericks, a 19-year department veteran, was appointed to the position earlier this year by Gov. Pataki, filling a vacancy left by retiring Sheriff David Green. Murphy, a private investigator, is a former Sheriff's investigator and Village of Albion police chief.

Regardless of the outcome, the pair will face off again in November's general elections. Fredericks has secured the Conservative Party line, while Murphy has the Independence Party endorsement. There are no other candidates.

In other races:

Legislative District 4

Incument Lyndon Billings lost the Republican line to Carlton Councilman Kenneth Rush, 502-373.

Rush entered the primaries after unsuccessfully seeking the county Republican Party Council's endorsement earlier this year. Billings has also received the county Conservative Party's endorsement.

Rush and Billings will face Democratic challenger Jerold J. Hanza of Lyndonville in November.

The district covers the towns of Carlton, Kendall and Murray.


Vickie Golisano defeated Verne Allport, 100-55, for the Republican nomination for Town Justice. The town Democratic party will name a candidate at a caucus later this week.


Three candidates were seeking two GOP ballot lines. Dana G. Woolston with 248 votes and incumbent Raymond B. Lissow with 287 defeated Michael J. Mosher who had 161. Lissow and Woolston have already received the town Republican Party's endorsement. The town Democratic Party will meet this week to choose its candidates.

Mosher's name will not appear on the November ballot.

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