ITHACA, N.Y.—The Tompkins County Republican Committee has crossed party lines for at least two endorsements this year, announcing Thursday that they are backing incumbents Derek Osborne and Maureen Reynolds for Tompkins County Sheriff and Tompkins County Clerk, respectively.

This means Osborne and Reynolds, who are both Democratic candidates, will be listed on both Democratic and Republican lines.

Osborne, who has been sheriff for four years and announced his run for re-election in January 2022, has received endorsements from Tompkins County Legislator Chair Shawna Black and Vice Chair Deborah Dawson.

“I am proud to receive the endorsement of the Tompkins County Republican Committee,” Osborne said. “The position of Sheriff is one that serves all people regardless of political affiliation. Everyone in Tompkins County has a stake when it comes to public safety. I am humbled that they have expressed their support of me and the work being accomplished at the Sheriff’s Office.”

Mike Sigler, chairman of the Tompkins County Republicans, said Osborne has been committed to making changes in the department without harming it or the public’s safety. “He understands that while a department can improve, you should capitalize on the strengths of the department and be mindful that morale has taken a hit over the past couple of years. These are our people working to protect everyone.”

Sigler also spoke glowingly about Reynolds, who has been Tompkins County Clerk since 2014.

“Maureen has been at the forefront of modernizing our record keeping,” Sigler said. “Before Maureen, the Democrats would endorse the Republican county clerk.  Maureen has always served everyone and is thoughtful when it comes to the public and her staff. She runs the best Department of Motor Vehicles in the state.”

Zoë Freer-Hessler

Zoë Freer-Hessler is a general assignment reporter for the Ithaca Voice. She has covered a wide range of topics since joining the news organization in November 2021. She can be reached at zhessler@ithacavoice.com...