Two run for sheriff in Bowman CountyThe race is on for Bowman County sheriff and both candidates say drug activity is a major concern for the area.
The race is on for Bowman County sheriff and both candidates say drug activity is a major concern for the area.
Sheriff Rory Teigen says he would like to continue his position because as a lifetime resident he has a vested interest in the community.
“I am extremely proud to call Bowman County my home,” Teigen said. “We have a wonderful safe community with a lot of great citizens that contribute to our great way of life.”
Part-time Deputy Sheriff Robert Matthews said he is running because he wants to make sure every family in the county has the safety and security that he wants for his own family.
The biggest challenge Teigen says is curbing the crime rate.
Matthews agrees, he said it is his belief that a person who commits a crime should be held accountable and face the consequences of their actions regardless of their position or standing in the community.
Both Matthews and Teigen said that drug-related activity is a major concern in southwest North Dakota.
“If elected, I plan to increase our commitment to drug enforcement laws in order to protect the family unit from the severe damage that is inflicted on our community by drug-related activity,” said Matthews.
Teigen says he would strive to provide more educational classes for students such as Drug Abuse Resistance Education.
“This would not only educate our children on the dangers of drugs and alcohol, but curb their curiosity to even try it,” Teigen said.
Some qualities Teigen says make him a good candidate are his 23 years of service, willingness to do tasks that others may find menial, pride in his work, communication skills, interpersonal skills and quick-thinking.
Matthews feels he would make a good sheriff because of the experience he gained while serving on the South Sakakawea Narcotics Task Force, and his experiences being the deputy.
“I believe the sheriff in Bowman County should serve the people and be willing to work any shift he would ask his staff to work,” Matthews said. “The sheriff should also be available to the public as a patrol officer throughout the year.”
Matthews added he and his staff would strive to be forward-thinking law enforcement professionals, ethical, respectful, thoughtful, caring and reliable both in their private life as well as their public life, respect those they serve and the office of sheriff.
The election is Nov. 2.