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Detective Lt. Brian Schenck said he has filed paperwork launching a campaign to run for Cayuga County sheriff should Sheriff David Gould decide to retire from the position. 

Gould confirmed Wednesday that he and Schenck have "communicated" about the campaign — the Committee to Elect Brian Schenck Sheriff — and discussed the possibility that Gould will not seek re-election in November. Gould, a retired New York State Police officer, was first elected to the position in 2006, when he ousted former Sheriff Rob Outhouse. He then won a second and third term in 2010 and 2014 without any opposition.

Schenck said Wednesday that he is preparing to seek the position should Gould decide not to run. Gould said he has already made his decision, which he plans to officially announce next month. 

"I am preparing to seek the position of sheriff in anticipation that (Gould) is not going to run," Schenck said. "I wouldn't run against him. I would only seek the position if he decides that he's not going to run."

If Gould chooses not to seek re-election, Schenck said he would seek the Republican endorsement. Schenck began his career at the sheriff's office in 1997 and was promoted to detective lieutenant in 2015. He is 46 years old. 

"I've been very proud to be part of (Gould's) administrative team and I think he's done a great job running the department," Schenck said. "If he decides not to run, I'd be very honored if I was fortunate enough to be voted in. ... I'm excited about the potential future." 

While Schenck's campaign has not reported receiving any contributions as of January, Gould's had received roughly $19,500 since July, according to a January report summary filed with the state Board of Elections.

During the same period, Gould's campaign spent approximately $17,500, making several donations to area nonprofit organizations such as the Heroin Epidemic Action League, Cayuga Counseling Services and Matthew House. His campaign balance was $7,496.

Staff writer Megan Blarr can be reached at (315) 282-2282 or megan.blarr@lee.net. Follow her on Twitter @CitizenBlarr. 

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