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Oxford County Democrats choose three candidates for sheriff

by Liz Marquis, Staff Writer Sun Journal Jan. 15, 2018

SOUTH PARIS – Oxford County Democrats named three candidates Sunday, Jan. 14, for Gov. Paul LePage to consider as he decides who will serve the remainder of Wayne Gallant’s term as Oxford County sheriff, which ends in November.

First elected in 2006, Gallant was in his third four-year term as Oxford County sheriff and had served as president of the sheriffs’ association since January. He resigned Dec. 6 after allegations surfaced that he had sexually harassed members of his department.

Dems choose three for sheriff
Chief Deputy Hart Daley, right, responds to a question Sunday at a caucus of the Oxford County Democrats at First Congregational Church in South Paris. Lt. Mike Ward is seated next to Daley.  (Andree Kehn/Sun Journal)

The three nominees to succeed Gallant: Chief Deputy Hart Daley, currently the acting sheriff; Lt. Mike Ward, currently serving on the Oxford Police Department; and Jim Theriault, who retired as Mexico chief of police in early 2014.

All nominees must come from the Democratic Party because Gallant won the sheriff’s seat as a Democratic. Once the names have been submitted to the governor, it is up to him to pick one, though his choice need not come from that list.

Daley and Ward were present at the caucus, and described how their time as sheriff would look.