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

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

Phil Lindsey is the second candidate to throw his hat in the ring for the county sheriff’s race.

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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