(WBNG) -- State Senator Fred Akshar (R, District 52) announced Thursday he will run for Broome County Sheriff in 2022.
Akshar worked in law enforcement for 15 years before being elected to the state legislature; he spent 13 of those years with the Broome County Sheriff's Office, ultimately rising to the rank of undersheriff.
He was sworn into office as a state senator representing the 52nd District in a special-election in 2015 and was re-elected as recently as 2020.
Akshar said his time spent away from law enforcement served to reinforce his desire to become sheriff, and he said his time as a politician will help him become a better sheriff.
"We have always stood up and spoke out and fought like hell for the people I so proudly represent," Akshar said. "The experience I have gained as a state senator has been invaluable; it's helped me gain new perspectives, allowed me to engage and listen to a wide variety of people, advocates, and successfully deal with issues I would have never been able to deal with."
Akshar is the first and only candidate of any party so far to officially announce his candidacy in the race.
Current Broome County Sheriff's Captain Kathleen Newcomb told 12 News she is considering a campaign to become sheriff, and will make a final decision in the next couple weeks.