The former Shortsville deputy clerk won a decisive victory in the GOP primary

VICTOR — Former Shortsville Deputy Clerk Treasurer Karen Bodine will most likely become the next Victor town clerk in 2018, replacing longtime Town Clerk Debra Denz.

Bodine sailed past law enforcement veteran Laura Herbert in Tuesday’s GOP primary with a 603 to 127 vote. She’ll face no further opposition in November for the four-year term, and will appear on the Republican, Reform, Independence and Conservative lines.

“I’m so excited,” said Bodine as she headed in to greet her fellow Republicans at The Inn on the Lake in Canandaigua. “I couldn’t have done it without the support I had from my family, from my friends, from the Republican committee. I’ve had wonderful support from everyone.”

Had Herbert won the Republican primary, she would have faced Bodine again in the general election.

“I want to thank everybody for supporting me, and for all the hard work everybody did through the last few months,” said Herbert Tuesday night.

The Ontario County sheriff’s deputy said she’ll continue in her role stationed at Eastview Mall and at Victor Town Court. She’s been with the Ontario County Sheriff’s office since 2006, and in Monroe County before that.

For now, she’s “looking forward to this election process being over,” she said Tuesday.

Not Bodine, she’s gearing up. The longtime Victor resident attended Finger Lakes Community College and gained experience as Shortsville’s deputy clerk-treasurer. She has served as Ontario County Board of Elections Republican clerk for five years. Now she’s looking forward to serving her hometown.

“I’m proud to have received 80 percent support from the voters,” said Bodine. “I’m ready to serve the Victor community. I’m ready to bring my years of experience and enthusiasm to serve the public. I knocked on a lot of doors, and I’m excited about my next step.”