Update: Massena police chief seeks Democratic party nod for November ballot to run for mayor
Updated 3:50 p.m.
By ANDY GARDNER
MASSENA -- Village Police Chief Timothy Currier will challenge incumbent Massena Mayor James Hidy for the office in November.
Currier has filed a petition to run on the Working Families ballot line, according to St. Lawrence County Democratic Commissioner of Elections Jennie Bacon.He declined comment until he officially launches a campaign.
"Until such time that I launch an official campaign I am going to respectfully decline comment," Currier wrote Thursday afternoon in an email. "At this point I have only filed a petition to appear on a party line and it would be premature to assume I am a candidate. Many things still have to happen to make me officially a candidate."
He will have to receive a caucus nomination to run on the Democrat line and thus far, he doesn't have any competition, Massena Democratic Chairperson Courtney Deshaies said.
She says they don't have a caucus date yet. The deadline to file a nominating petition is Sept. 16 and they are required to give a 10-day notice prior to the caucus.
Deshaies said the Massena Democrats will meet and announce a caucus date by the end of the month.
Currier has been in law enforcement for 25 years and has been Massena's police chief for the majority of that time, having been appointed to the post in his late-20s. He is also president of the Massena Boys and Girls Club and has been a driving force behind bringing the organization to the village.