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Longtime Cayuga County Clerk Sue Dwyer endorses Chris Petrus for job

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Long-serving Cayuga County Clerk, Sue Dwyer, who has held the office for two decades, has endorsed fellow Republican Chris Petrus in the race to succeed her.

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The endorsement came via a three-minute video where Dwyer highlighted her reasons for supporting Petrus over the other candidates, including his familiarity with county legislative processes and his commitment to expanding county clerk services throughout the region.

Petrus, who has experience as a state parole officer, also serves as the Cayuga County legislator for the town of Brutus and chairs the county Legislature’s Government Operations Committee, which oversees the clerk’s office.

Dwyer emphasized Petrus’s capability to oversee the ongoing $4 million project to digitize county records. She also drew parallels between Petrus and her predecessor, Joe Marshall, noting that both had experience as county legislators before their clerkship.

Dwyer, elected in 2003 and re-elected multiple times, announced last December that she wouldn’t seek another term. While Petrus had declared his candidacy shortly after, Dwyer’s recent endorsement formally solidifies her support. Early voting starts on Oct. 28, concluding on Nov. 5, with the general election set for Nov. 7.