Four run for Hampshire County sheriff

  • Melissa Perry

  • Kavern Lewis

  • Patrick Cahillane

  • Hampshire County Sheriff Robert J. Garvey tips his hat during a tribute to him at the Amherst College commencement, Sunday. JERREY ROBERTS

Tuesday, June 07, 2016

The secretary of state’s office confirmed Wednesday that four candidates for Hampshire County sheriff filed nomination papers by this week’s deadline.

Three Democrats — Patrick Cahillane, Kavern Lewis and Melissa E. Perry — will vie for their party’s nomination, while David F. Isakson is the only Republican candidate. Tuesday was the deadline to file nomination papers for county offices.

Each candidate verified at least 500 voter signatures with the local registrar and submitted them to the secretary of state’s office. The candidates may withdraw, or have their candidacies challenged, through 5 p.m. Friday, according to the secretary of state’s office.

The primary election is Sept. 8, ahead of the Nov. 8 general election. The winner will succeed Sheriff Robert J. Garvey, who is retiring.

Cahillane, 58, of Leeds, is the assistant superintendent of the Hampshire County Jail and House of Correction and is president of the Hampshire County Deputy Sheriff’s Association. He earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Westfield State University and a master’s degree in criminal justice administration from Western New England University in Springfield.

Lewis, 28, of Amherst, said he has taken college courses in criminal justice and completed the first portion of a police program at the state of Maine’s Criminal Justice Academy. He also works in the Amherst-Pelham Regional School District as a substitute teacher.

Perry, 53, of Northampton, serves as director of behavioral health nursing at Holyoke Medical Center and is also a registered nurse. She earned bachelor’s degrees in criminal justice and psychology from what is now known as Westfield State University. She is also the granddaughter of the late Hampshire County Sheriff John F. Boyle, who served from 1962 to 1984.

Isakson is a South Hadley police officer.

Michael Majchrowicz can be reached at mmajchrowicz@gazettenet.com.