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The Dansville Online
  • Cohocton resident Dave Cole, a Steuben County sheriff candidate in 2008, to run again

  • With Tuesday’s surprising revelation that Steuben County Sheriff Joel Ordway won’t seek a second term, two candidates have already announced their intention to run for the county’s top law enforcement position.

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  • With Tuesday’s surprising revelation that Steuben County Sheriff Joel Ordway won’t seek a second term, two candidates have already announced their intention to run for the county’s top law enforcement position.
    A candidate in the vicious 2008 Steuben County sheriff election, David Cole, 63, was scheduled to formally announce his candidacy this morning in Corning. On Tuesday Cole told the Tribune that he was considering running for the position.
    Current Undersheriff Ray Dell has also stated he will run for sheriff and would like to seek the Republican nomination. The Tribune was unable to secure an interview with Dell for this article before press time.
    Cole, a resident of Cohocton, is currently a member of the Addison Police Department and works as the school resource officer at the Addison High School.
    Prior to that, he served as undersheriff with the Steuben County Sheriff’s office from 1999 to 2008, was in the state police for 23 years, and worked with the Wayland Police Department in 1975.
    Almost 22 of his nearly 40 years of work in law enforcement have been spent in a supervising role, he said, giving him a wide range of management skills. He said one of his goals was to improve morale, particularly in the road patrol and the county jail.
    Cole pointed to his experience with different law enforcement departments as evidence that he could bolster cooperative efforts between the sheriff’s office and other police divisions.
    “Sometimes the leadership isn’t really pushing a cooperative environment,” said Cole. “That needs to be changed. That’s one of my main goals. That’s the one thing that got me interested in running.”
    A registered Republican, Cole was narrowly defeated by Ordway in the 2008 Republican primary. In the general election, Ordway won convincingly, with Cole still on the Independence and Conservative party lines.
    Both Ordway, who had been chief deputy, and Cole were forced to resign from the sheriff’s office during the 2008 race after possible Hatch Act violations.
    Cole said he intended to once again seek both the Conservative and Independence endorsements, along with that of the GOP.
    Cole added that he hasn’t worked with Dell before during his years in law enforcement.
    He has several candidates for undersheriff, including Jim Waight, who finished third in the GOP primary in 2008 for sheriff. Waight is currently the county director for the Center for Dispute Settlement.
    Waight sent out the email notification of Cole’s formal announcement Wednesday morning. Cole said Waight is helping him with the campaign, and that he doesn’t have a campaign manager.
    In a Wednesday Tribune article, Waight said he felt Cole was the best person for the sheriff position and that he was interested in serving as Cole’s undersheriff.

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