Meet the Candidates: Beltrami County Sheriff

After the primary election in August, two candidates advanced to the General Election on Nov. 8.

Current Beltrami County Sheriff Ernie Beitel announced his retirement earlier this year, with candidates announcing their intention to run before filing even opened.

Both candidates work in the Sheriff’s Office, and are listed below in the order in which they were interviewed.


Jason Riggs

Jason Riggs won the primary election with more than half of the vote in August, but that hasn’t stopped him from continuing to press hard on his campaign.

Riggs says a top issue he’s heard while door-knocking revolves around the drug problem that our community is facing.

Riggs wants to see more communication from the Sheriff’s Office and community involvement among deputies.


Jarrett Walton

Jarrett Walton has been Beitel’s Chief Deputy since Beitel began in 2018, and is also Beitel’s endorsed candidate.

Walton believes his experience in running the day-to-day operations of the Sheriff’s Office in this role prime him to lead law enforcement in this county.

Walton knows that this Office needs to do more with less, and has experience acquiring grants to help fund technology that will help the county do just that.

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