Walsh to announce election plans in Onondaga County Sheriff race

Sheriff Kevin Walsh

Onondaga County Sheriff Kevin Walsh is preparing to announce whether he'll seek re-election or retire after 20 years in office.

The Republican sheriff has scheduled a news conference at 10 a.m. Monday to discuss the 2014 election.

The Syracuse Post-Standard reports that Republican candidates are already lining up with the expectation that Walsh, elected in 1994, will retire. John Balloni, chief of Walsh's civil division, has started fundraising and Walsh has said he'd support him as his eventual replacement. DeWitt Police Chief Eugene Conway is also raising money to seek the Republican nomination.

Two Democrats have also announced campaigns. One is Toby Shelley, a retired sheriff's deputy who lost a race to Walsh in 2010. Crayg Dykes, a sergeant in the sheriff's office, is also seeking the Democratic nomination.