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Politicians at the parade: sweat, signs and campaign fliers

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The Jefferson County Dairy Festival brought out the candidates Friday night in Watertown.

Four Family Court Judges, three Sheriff’s candidates, three Assembly candidates and two congressional candidates walked along a parade route from Watertown High School to Public Square, distributing campaign materials to hundreds of people, some of them potential voters.

Easily the most impressive physical performance during the event came from Republican Sheriff’s candidate John R. Bocciolatt, a Watertown native and former detective sergeant with the Portland, Ore., Police Bureau.

Mr. Bocciolatt was seen running up and down the crowds lined along Washington Street, handing out fliers, shaking hands and dripping sweat.

Jefferson County Undersheriff Paul W. Trudeau, who is running for Sheriff as a Democrat was also in the parade with his supporters, as well as Sheriff’s candidate Colleen M. O’Neill, a former state police senior investigator who is also running for the office as a Democrat.

Also walking in the parade were the four candidates for Jefferson County’s open Family Court judge seat: Democrat Susan A. Sovie, Sackets Harbor, and Republicans Eugene J. Langone Jr., Watertown; Timothy L. Virkler, Watertown; and Kathy L. Quencer, Brownville.

The three candidates running for the 116th Assembly District seat held by Assemblywoman Addie J. Russell, D-Theresa, were also in the parade.

Republicans John L. Byrne, Cape Vincent, and John S. Humphrey, Belleville, and Conservative candidate Russell J. Finley, Lisbon, were accompanied by UTVs great and small as well as a smattering of anti-NY SAFE Act signs.

And Republican congressional candidates Elise M. Stefanik and Matthew A. Doheny, who exchanged blows this week over negative campaign ads, were represented by large signs, supporters, and, in the case of Ms. Stefanik, a disembodied voice discussing the national debt. This reporter was not privy to any sightings of the actual candidates.

— DPF

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