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Acting Niagara County sheriff wins both major parties' endorsements for the job

Acting Niagara County Sheriff Michael J. Filicetti took a big step toward winning a full four-year term this week, as both the Republican and Democratic parties endorsed him.

Filicetti, R-Lewiston, won the Democratic endorsement over Brian D. Grear at a committee meeting Thursday, though Grear has vowed to challenge him in a June 23 primary. Filicetti was unopposed for the GOP endorsement Wednesday.

The parties endorsed different candidates for district attorney and county judge.

For district attorney, the GOP backed Brian D. Seaman of Youngstown, while the Democrats chose John D. Ceretto II, a registered member of the Independence Party. Both are former assistant district attorneys.

For judge, the Democrats unanimously endorsed Michael E. Benedict of Lockport, the law clerk to retiring County Judge Sara Sheldon.

The Republicans chose the current district attorney, Caroline A. Wojtaszek, a registered Democrat and the wife of former county GOP chairman Henry F. Wojtaszek. Benedict and Caroline Wojtaszek will face off in multiple party primaries June 23.

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