The Wayne County Democratic and Republican committees will soon select their candidates for county sheriff.


The Wayne County Democratic and Republican committees will soon select their candidates for county sheriff.
With the unfortunate passing of former county sheriff Charles Morelli in March, the committees were informed that they would be required by state law to pick a candidate that would represent the parties in time for the November 3 general election.
The new sheriff will serve out the remaining term of Morelli and be up for election again in 2011.
Both committees have been actively seeking candidates, who will be selected in June by the local party leadership.
“To date we have four individuals that have contacted us,” said Frank Golden, chair of the county Republican committee. “We advertised in all the papers in Wayne County for anyone interested in going before the ... Republican committee.”
One of the four on the Republican side includes chief deputy sheriff Mark Steelman, who assumed Morelli’s duties as interim sheriff after his passing.
Mark Graziadio, chair of the county Democratic committee, said two people have so far expressed interest in running on the party ticket.
The respective committees will soon interview each candidate, then vote on who they think is best for the position.
“After the last interview, we’ll make a decision,” said Graziadio. “We feel it is necessary to make the selection at this time, to allow the candidate sufficient time to formulate a successful campaign strategy.”
“We’ll know that night after the votes are counted,” said Golden.
Afterwards, the committees will reveal their picks to the public, and the two candidates’ names will be placed on the November 3 ballot.
Cindy Furman, county Director of Elections, said the sheriff’s position could have been appointed by Gov. Ed Rendell, if confirmed by the state Senate, but this did not occur.
The county Republican committee is no longer accepting candidates for consideration; the county Democrat committee is seeking candidates.