Don Hilton, a retired Syracuse City Police detective, is celebrating a victory Thursday night, poised to become the next Oswego County Sheriff.
Hilton leads Undersheriff Gene Sullivan by nearly 250 votes in the Republican Primary. 423 absentee ballots need to be counted before declaring a winner.
The retired city officer, now an investigator for the Onondaga County District Attorney, is cautiously optimistic the results will stay in his favor.
Additionally, Hilton outright defeated Sullivan in the Conservative Primary. With a more substantial lead, there are not enough absentee ballots to change the leader.
That means Hilton will be on the November general election ballot, no matter what. If he also wins the Republican race, he will be the only candidate on the general election ballot.
Undersheriff Gene Sullivan was endorsed by retiring Sheriff Reuel Todd.
The results of the Oswego County Sheriff’s race resemble the results of last year’s Madison County Sheriff’s race. Undersheriff, and at-the-time Acting Sheriff, John Ball was defeated by retired Syracuse City Police Officer Todd Hood.