Sen. Akshar, Deputy Newcomb announce campaigns to run for Broome County sheriff

State Sen. Fred Akshar, R-52nd District, announced his plans Thursday to run for Broome County Sheriff in the 2022 General Election. Akshar’s announcement came one day after Broome Sheriff’s Capt. Kate Newcomb said she is running for the Republican nomination to succeed retiring Sheriff David Harder.

Akshar said, “Serving the people of this community for the past two decades, first in law enforcement and then as State Senator, has been the absolute honor of my life and I pledge to continue serving our community as long as I draw breath. From the very start, I’ve pledged to be open, upfront and honest with the people who elected me and I respectfully offer that I’ve kept that promise. But I owe it to them to continue to be upfront and transparent, and to let them know when I’ve made a decision about how I’m best able to serve our community going forward.”

Newcomb has worked at the Sheriff’s Office since 1992, serving as a road patrol officer, detective and detective sergeant overseeing narcotics investigations, lieutenant of the road patrol and currently as captain of the law enforcement division, the 3rd ranking member of the department. Newcomb announced Wednesday that she is considering a run for the Republican nomination.

The two announcements set up a GOP primary contest between two officers who were once girlfriend and boyfriend for 13 years.

“I have been committed to Broome County and the safety of its residents for 29 years, I’m in my 30th year. I think that I possess the ethical leadership that can move the office down the correct path that it needs to go,” said Newcomb.

Akshar’s police resume includes dispatcher for the Chenango County Sheriff’s Office and a deputy with the same law enforcement agency. Akshar then went to the  Broome County Sheriff’s Office, working there for a total of 13 years, including leader of the undercover narcotics unit and eventually served as Broome County Undersheriff.