January 6

Oxford County sheriff announces re-election bid

Michael Parshall, a Monmouth police officer from Upton, has announced his intention to challenge Wayne Gallant.

The Associated Press

PARIS — Oxford County Sheriff Wayne Gallant says he plans to run for a third four-year term.

Gallant is the only candidate so far to register with the state’s election ethics commission.

Michael Parshall, a Monmouth police officer from Upton, has announced his intention to challenge Gallant.

The 64-year-old Gallant was first elected in 2006. He tells the Sun Journal if re-elected, he hopes to continue growing the department and making it more visible in the county.

The Democrat says he has expanded patrol coverage in underserved parts of the county, secured a contract for law enforcement coverage in Bethel and bolstered the department’s criminal investigations division.

Parshall, a Republican, says he is concerned with the growth of the sheriff’s office annual budget.

The general election is in November.

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