Candidates for county and congressional seats are in

Bob Fletcher

Ramsey County Sheriff Jack Serier

Filing for many municipal races is later this summer.

The race for Ramsey County Sheriff has shaped up to be an interesting contest.

Former sheriff and current Vadnais Heights Mayor Bob Fletcher filed June 5 to run for the position he held for 16 years.

He’s up against current Ramsey County Sheriff John Serier, who was appointed to the position by the Ramsey County Board in January 2017, after his predecessor, Matt Bostrom, resigned as sheriff to take a teaching position in England.

Bostrom beat Fletcher in the 2010 race for Ramsey County Sheriff with 58 percent of the vote.

Fletcher’s campaign website lists his six-point public safety agenda, which includes: implementing a bold blueprint for detention reform, restoring juvenile crime prevention programs; beginning use of body cameras immediately to further community trust; expanding the pool of persons eligible to become peace officers; promoting more women to leadership roles within the Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office; and addressing the opioid epidemic and lobbying for treatment strategies.

A statement released by Serier’s campaign after Fletcher announced his run only touched on his opponent’s sometimes controversial tenure as sheriff.

“Eight years ago, Ramsey County voters, in a landslide, chose a new direction for the Sheriff’s Office,” the statement said. “They said yes to a vision for community connections and character. Sheriff Serier has made a lifetime commitment to service, fairness, innovation and protection for all. Voters will have a clear choice in the fall to continue supporting Sheriff Serier as he leads an office that is a nationally recognized model for trusted, character-based public service.”

Though the position is officially nonpartisan, Serier was endorsed by the Democratic-Farmer-Labor party in May. 

The other race for a county position related to the criminal justice system, for Ramsey County Attorney, also boasts a two-candidate field.


Incumbent County Attorney John Choi is being challenged by Luke Kyper Bellville.


4th Congressional District and elsewhere

The Aug. 14 primary will winnow three DFL candidates for the 4th Congressional District seat in the U.S. House to one, who will be on the November ballot.

Incumbent Rep. Betty McCollum, who was first elected to the House in 2001, will be up against fellow DFLers Muad Hassan and Reid Rossell.

Republican Greg Ryan is likely to face McCollum once more this fall. The Roseville businessman ran against her in the 2016 election. 

McCollum came out on top with 58 percent of the vote versus Ryan’s 34 percent; the Legal Marijuana Now party candidate came away with nearly 8 percent of the vote.

Though early candidate filing for races with primaries closed June 5, another round of filing opens July 31, which is an important date for a number of city council races in the Roseville Review and Bulletin newspapers coverage areas.

Arden Hills, Lauderdale, Little Canada, Mounds View and Shoreview all have two council seats and the mayor’s seat up for election this fall.

Election Day is Nov. 6


— Mike Munzenrider

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