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Published October 21, 2010, 05:44 PM

GF County Sheriff Candidates Hold Debate

Conversation got heated at a candidate debate hosted by the Chamber of Commerce Wednesday night in Grand Forks. This after a full-page ad by Flannery that brought this race to a whole new level.

A debate brought two candidates together for the first time since headline-making criticisms. Bob Rost and Mike Flannery are both vying for the County Sheriff's office and the race is heating up.

Conversation got heated at a candidate debate hosted by the Chamber of Commerce Wednesday night in Grand Forks. This after a full-page ad by Flannery that brought this race to a whole new level.

"I've got 28 years of working every department. I know civil departments and criminal departments. I feel I am the best candidate for sheriff," Rost said.

"I realize my opponent has more experience managing a sheriff's office, but I think my management experience is a bit more intense," Flannery said.

Mike Flannery says his years in the army and in law enforcement as a police detective make him more qualified. Flannery recently took out a full-page newspaper ad questioning his opponent, Major Bob Rost. In one complaint, Flannery said Rost should not be taking overtime when he works security in a sheriff's uniform at the River Cities Speedway.

"I don't see those problems being changed if my opponent is elected. I wanted people to have that information so they could make an informed choice," Flannery said.

A county commissioner recently told WDAZ he didn't think Rost did anything wrong. Rost says that information is not fodder for a debate, and says his resume speaks for itself.

"I believe I have the respect of the people in the department. We will make changes. I think my leadership skills will greatly enhance the department," Rost said.

The two will appear together again next Monday at a forum at the Senior Center.

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