Sheriff candidates: Bolack, Ferrari face off in Republican primary election

The Daily Times staff
Campaign signs for Shane Ferrari and Tommy Bolack are pictured on Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at the intersection of East 20th and East Main Streets in Farmington.

FARMINGTON — Two conservative Republicans are running in the primary elections for opportunity to lead the San Juan County Sheriff's Office.

Current undersheriff Shane Ferrari is running against Tommy Bolack, a Farmington businessman and philanthropist.

The current sheriff, Ken Christesen, is not running for re-election because he has reached term limits.

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San Juan County Sheriff candidate Tommy Bolack answers a question on Wednesday, May 23, 2018 during the 2018 San Juan County Candidate Forum hosted by the Farmington Young Professionals at the Farmington Civic Center.

Tommy Bolack

Bolack graduated from Farmington High School in 1969 and went on to get a degree in engineering from New Mexico State University. He is a business man and also runs a nonprofit foundation. Bolack has given back to the community through donations to various organizations. He also rebuilt the Aztec Electric Utility System. He currently has a museum on his property in south Farmington. In addition, Bolack has completed reserve deputy academy classes and has volunteered as a special deputy for the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office.

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Shane Ferrari

R. Shane Ferrari

Ferrari graduated Farmington High School in 1995 and graduated from the San Juan County Reserve Academy about two years later. He has also graduated from the New Mexico Basic Police Officer Training Academy and attended the FBI National Academy. He holds all five law enforcement certifications in New Mexcio and has served in every division at the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office. He is currently the undersheriff.