Sandy Zamor Calixte, one of the main contributors to the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office since 2006, plans to launch her campaign for the sheriff on Wednesday morning outside the Mildred Avenue Community Center in Mattapan.
The campaign sets up a clash with Suffolk Sheriff Steven Tompkins if he chooses to run for reelection. He has been working in the police force since 2013.
The sheriff, who is elected every six years, manages the Suffolk County Jail and Reformatory, has inmates and remand people in custody and oversees a staff of 1,000. Suffolk County includes Boston, Chelsea, Revere, and Winthrop.
Zamor Calixte first joined the department as the Community and Youth Outreach Program Coordinator, before becoming Head of External Affairs and Communications in 2014. According to her biography on the Suffolk Sheriff’s website, she contributed to the launch of a program “which created avenues for students residing in Suffolk County to explore careers in law enforcement and helped build a coalition effort with community organizations to combat youth gang violence. “
She previously worked as an investigator for the Industrial Accident Department.
Zamor Calixte hired Katie Prisco-Buxbaum, who led City Councilor Andrea Campbell’s mayoral race, to work on his campaign. Prisco-Buxbaum started a consultancy firm, Hyphenated Strategies, after the mayoral race in November.
Tompkins was also a long-time member of the Sheriff’s Department before getting the job. He had worked there for 11 years before Governor Deval Patrick appointed him sheriff, replacing Andrea Cabral, who joined Patrick’s administration as public safety secretary. Tompkins won the November 2014 election for the post. He was re-elected in 2016.