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Published August 06, 2010, 07:38 PM

Four Candidates Eye Roseau County Sheriff

With just a few days before the primary, four candidates are eyeing the sheriff's office in Roseau County.

By: Brady Mallory, WDAZ

With just a few days before the primary, four candidates are eyeing the sheriff's office in Roseau County. After Tuesday two of them will advance to the November elections. Two candidates caught up with WDAZ and both said the budget and working with the community were top priorities.

" In law enforcement we have to work together," said Terry Bandemer.

Bandemer has been working in law enforcement for 27 years.

"I've worked on major crimes I've been involved in, and I'm proud to say they've all been clear," said Bandemer.

Bandemer has been chief deputy in Roseau County for four years. Along with Stuart Stotts, Curt Hauger and Steve Gust, Bandemer is hoping to make it past the August 10th primary to the Sheriff's election in November.

" It's how you can provide the people with good public safety," said Bandemer.

He said if elected sheriff, he wants to continue many policies in place.

" I do not want to jeopardize our protection with the people. I will continue on with 24 hour coverage, seven days a week." Stuart Stotts wants to be an advocate for the community.

" You don't know what's going on in the county unless you talk to the people," said Stotts.

Stotts is approaching the election on the outside of the sheriff's office. He said things need to change.

" A number of people I've spoken to are dissatisfied with what they see as the direction of the sheriff's department," said Stotts.

Stotts started his law enforcement career in southern Minnesota before becoming a chief deputy. He then went on to work in Chicago and East St. Louis. Relying heavily on face-to-face chats with people, Stotts said community relations with the sheriff need to change.

" They're afraid of the police, afraid of getting pulled over, think they are too hardcore and bordering harrassment," said Stotts.

With the primary a few days away, both candidates are optimistic about November.

" My record speaks for itself. I'm very proud of my accomplishments," said Bandemer.

" There's something missing here. If I make it to the primary to the general election, the real work will be begin," Stotts said.

WDAZ contacted all four candidates this week. Roseau County Deputy Steve Gust didn't get back to us, and Curt Hauger confirmed an interview, but cancelled a couple of hours prior.