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Warren County Undersheriff Shawn Lamouree has been endorsed by the Warren County Independence Party in the race for county sheriff.

The Independence Party endorsement means that both Lamouree and sheriff’s Maj. James LaFarr, who also is seeking the sheriff position, have picked up party endorsements and likely ballot lines in November as they prepare for a primary for the coveted Republican line in the heavily Republican county.

Both men are vying to replace Sheriff Bud York, as he decided not to seek re-election to a fourth term.

The Independence Party in Warren County has traditionally been aligned closely with the local Republican hierarchy, with a number of former Republican leaders serving as its chairman over the years.

Lamouree said he was “extremely honored” to get the party’s endorsement.

He said he explained his vision for “how we should continue to enhance the professional level of public safety that Warren County residents have come to expect in recent years,” and described the challenges that law enforcement agencies face in light of today’s growing threats to public safety.

“I explained my intention to expand the ‘community approach’ to the opioid crisis through education and mental health treatment, to enhance the department’s training initiatives in light of the political movement to legalize marijuana, and to further develop and implement special programs for the protection of our senior citizens from scams and frauds.”

He said he also outlined his desire to build on the success of the department’s School Resource Officer program — with the ultimate goal of facilitating placement of an officer in every Warren County school district that wants the program.

“I am thrilled to learn that the Independence Party of Warren County shares my vision for public safety and I gratefully accept their endorsement for the office of the sheriff,” he said in a prepared statement.

York, a Republican, has endorsed Lamouree, who has served as his second-in-command for the last seven years.

LaFarr serves as head of the Sheriff’s Office’s Office of Professional Standards. He said he does not plan to challenge Lamouree for the Independence line.

“They have selected their candidate, and I will respect their decision,” he said.

Both men sought the Warren County Republican Committee nod, but the committee was unable to come to an agreement on a “supermajority” so neither got the endorsement.

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Don Lehman covers crime and Warren County government for The Post-Star. His work can be found on Twitter @PS_CrimeCourts and on poststar.com/app/blogs.

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