Richard Sherwood, Guilderland judge candidate

Richard Sherwood

Richard Sherwood, a Democrat, is making a run for town judge, after having served as the town attorney for 14 years and the prosecutor in town court for six years.
He has been an attorney since 1986, and in the past, clerked for a United States Supreme Court judge.

“I know how the court is run, and I work very well with the court staff, judges, police officers, and the district attorney’s office,” Sherwood said.

Sherwood said adding a third judge would automatically mean adding court appearances and sessions, and would help clear up the court’s congestion.

“You can always make something more efficient, but, quite frankly, I think the court runs very efficiently as it is,” he said. “It’s just the volume that presents a problem.”

His biggest concern with his Republican opponents, he said, is their assumption that they will be able to make whatever changes they see fit as soon as they are elected.

“They don’t seem to realize that you have to work with the town board,” he said.

Sherwood said he has been involved in the Guilderland community since he moved here 22 years ago, coaching Little League and serving on the board of the Guilderland Community Center, which is now the YMCA.

“I have been the town attorney for a long time, and I think this would be a new challenge,” said Sherwood. “I think I have the right temperament and qualifications.”