Robert E. Comes, winner of the Democratic primary for sheriff, said he is ready to face incumbent Sheriff Dominick J. Mele, who is organizing a write-in effort, on the campaign trail again.
Comes said his campaign staff is planning to run an aggressive race, complete with a new campaign headquarters, door-to-door campaigning and a fund-raiser.
"We're going to campaign as usual," Comes said. "We're going to continue campaigning as we did through the primary. . . . I'll be visible. The (campaign) signs will be up."
Comes defeated Mele in the primary by more than 4,000 votes. But Mele is organizing a write-in campaign to win back his job in the Nov. 6 general election. No Republicans filed to run.
Comes and Mele are left with little money in their campaign funds for the general election. But Comes said he will be able to adequately finance a general election campaign.
Financial reports in the county elections office show that Comes has $2,923 left in his campaign coffers. Comes raised a total of $36,650 for the primary, including a $10,000 personal loan he and his wife obtained, campaign records say.
To offset the cost of the campaign, Comes is planning to have a Halloween theme fund-raiser on Oct. 26.
Comes said he doesn't expect to hold any other fund-raisers.
Although Comes noted that he was hoping for an easy ride to victory in the general election, Comes said he is not surprised by Mele's decision to run a write-in campaign.
"He's exercising his right," Comes said. "We had to be prepared for it."