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Somerset County Sheriff candidate Darrin Russo.

State PBA president hosts Russo fundraiser

Event draws more than 100

By Nikita Biryukov, May 31 2019 5:37 pm

State Policemen’s Benevolent Association President Pat Colligan hosted a campaign kickoff fundraiser for Somerset County Sheriff’s candidate Darrin Russo that drew more than 100 supporters Wednesday.

“You’re here tonight because you know me and you know our team,” Russo said. “You’re here tonight because you know what we stand for and because you believe in our message. That message is clear, that when elected, together we will make the Sheriff part of each and every community in Somerset County. Help me bring the Sheriff to you. Vote Column 1 on June 4th.”

Russo is the lone Democratic candidate seeking to replace retiring sheriff Frank Provenzano. He’ll face either North Plainfield Police Chief Bill Parenti or Tim Pino, a former chief in the Somerset County Sheriff’s office and an aide to State Sen. Michael Doherty, in the general.

Provenzano has endorsed Parenti.

Russo challenged the longtime mayor in 2016, losing by less than a point.

“Darrin is the right candidate for the position,” Somerset County Democratic Chairwoman Peg Schaffer. “He brings over three decades of law enforcement experience to the table having served as a Lieutenant in the Franklin Township Police Department in addition to assisting the FBI, DEA, Secret Service, State Police, and the Joint Terrorism Task Force in numerous operations. His work ethic is incomparable and we look forward to him serving the county.”

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