SOMERSET — Bristol County Sheriff candidate George McNeil announced Tuesday that State Representative Pat Haddad has endorsed him for the sheriff's seat.

The former Somerset police chief kicked off his campaign in March, hoping to oust long time sheriff Thomas Hodgson. 

Haddad, a Democrat and the state rep for the fifth Bristol District, endorsed McNeil on Tuesday.

"This year, several democrats have come forward to present themselves for your consideration to replace the current sheriff," Haddad said in a statement, noting that she has worked with them. "It is my opinion that Chief George McNeil is the best person to carry that banner."

She added that McNeil's "education and experience make him the best person to serve as Sheriff of Bristol County."

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McNeil is going up against two fellow Democrats in the state primary: Attleboro Mayor Paul Heroux and Fall River attorney Nicholas Bernier.

The winner will take on Republican incumbent Hodgson, who has held the Bristol County Sheriff spot since 1997.

After spending seven years as Somerset's police chief, McNeil resigned in 2021.

He currently has $10,700 in available campaign funds. Heroux has just over $40,000 and Bernier has nearly $8,200. Hodgson has more than $300,000 so far. 


McNeil said he was honored by Haddad's endorsement and thanked her for her support.

"As representative for residents in the communities of Somerset, Swansea, Dighton and Taunton, Pat Haddad is one of the best and well-respected lawmakers in our state," he added. "To get her endorsement is an honor."

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