Ex-Glens Falls cop receives Conservative nod for Saratoga County sheriff

Tuesday, April 16, 2013
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— Phil Lindsey is the second candidate to throw his hat in the ring for the county sheriff’s race.

The 50-year-old Moreau resident worked more than 20 years for the Glens Falls Police Department and has spent about three years working part-time for the South Glens Falls Police Department. He was recently endorsed by the Saratoga County Conservative Committee, on which he serves, and has registered a campaign committee with the state Board of Elections.

Longtime Saratoga County Sheriff James D. Bowen, a Republican, is not running this year. The first candidate to declare was retired county sheriff’s investigator Michael Zurlo, a Republican who recently resigned as Stillwater town justice. No Democrat has announced plans to run.

Lindsey said his professional background, communication skills and ability to form a consensus make him a good candidate. He wants to serve because it is a chance to do police work at a higher level.

Saratoga County Conservative Committee Chairman Robert Zordan said Lindsey was a “natural fit” for the party endorsement, considering he is a registered Conservative and has a long career in law enforcement.

In previous elections, the Saratoga County Conservative Committee has endorsed Bowen. Once the local Conservatives vetted Lindsey, Zordan said, they didn’t consider endorsing a Republican and won’t grant a waiver for a candidate to challenge Lindsey.

Zordan said people are dissatisfied with the two major parties, which is why he thinks Lindsey is a legitimate contender to win.

“I think there are a lot of things in play,” he said. “We think if the light of day is shown on Phil, he’ll show well.”

There are about 160,317 registered voters in the county: 66,671 Republicans, 41,979 Democrats, 38,505 independents, 9,819 Independence Party members and 2,390 Conservatives.

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