Paul Heroux projected to face Hodgson for Bristol County sheriff

This is an image of Paul Heroux, Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2022. (WLNE)

ATTLEBORO, Mass. (WLNE) — The nominees for Bristol County sheriff are now official, with Attleboro Paul Heroux being named the Democratic nominee.

Heroux is projected to run against GOP incumbent Thomas Hodgson, who has served as Bristol County Sheriff since 1997, for November’s general election. Hodgson is seeking re-election for his fifth term.

Heroux said that it’s time for a change after Thomas Hodgson has served in the position for the past 25 years, and that he plans to modernize the jail system.

“I look forward to the next two months of making my case to the voters of Bristol County that not only is it time for change in the Bristol county jail system, but that my vision is a forward thinking, modern approach to corrections,” said Heroux.

“Also, we need to focus on discharge planning and its three pillars – housing, healthcare and workforce development, so that inmates going back into society have a chance at being successful and are law abiding citizens,” added the mayor.

When asked about his opponent’s comments, Hodgson said he hasn’t been sitting back or got too comfortable in his position.

According to the Associated Press, 99% of the votes were counted as of 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, showing Heroux in first place with 41.8% of the votes.

Behind Heroux was attorney Nicholas Bernier with 33.5% of the votes, in third- former Somerset Police Chief George McNeil with 24.7%.

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