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Somerset County Sheriff candidate Darrin Russo, left, with Democratic freeholder candidate Melonie Marano.

State troopers union back Russo

Police union passes over Parenti

By Nikita Biryukov, October 18 2019 10:23 am

The State Troopers’ Fraternal Association of New Jersey backed Darrin Russo for Somerset County sheriff Friday.

“The State Troopers Fraternal Association … unequivocally endorses you for the office of Somerset County Sheriff,” STFA president Wayne Blanchard said in a letter to Russo. “The men and women of the State Troopers Fraternal Association look forward to standing shoulder to shoulder with you as the next Somerset County Sheriff in facing all the challenges that we as law enforcement officers deal with on a day to day basis.”

Russo, a former police lieutenant with the Franklin Township police department, previously secured the endorsements of the state Policemen’s Benevolent Association, the Somerset County PBA and the state Firefighters’ Mutual Benevolent Association.

The Democrat is running against North Plainfield police chief Bill Parenti for retiring sheriff Frank Provenzano’s seat.

Parenti has won the endorsement of the the Somerset County Association of Police Chiefs.

“It is a deep honor to be endorsed by the NJ State Troopers, who are some of the most respected law enforcement officers in the nation,” Russo said. “As the Somerset County Sheriff I will leverage my relationship with the troopers and other agencies to bring new, effective policing techniques that will deliver real safety and security for the people of Somerset County.”

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