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Published October 25, 2010, 08:48 PM

Candidates for Sheriff Meet with Seniors One Week Before Election

The Senior Citizens Center in Grand Forks has seen House and Senate candidates, and now this week it was the Grand Forks County Sheriff candidates' turn. When it comes to senior citizens, both candidates wanted to shed light on a big issue.

The Senior Citizens Center in Grand Forks has seen House and Senate candidates, and now this week it was the Grand Forks County Sheriff candidates' turn. When it comes to senior citizens, both candidates wanted to shed light on a big issue.

"This is my first time being at some of these forums , as I am partially retired," senior voter Judy Schumacher said.

Schumacher is happy to have a little free time to brush up on her politics.

"We are living longer as seniors and there's a lot more issues that have not been talked about before," Shumacher said at the event Monday night.

For nearly a month, The Grand Forks Senior Center's 'Mind-Full' Mondays has been about senior-related issues. This week, sheriff's candidates Mike Flannery and Bob Rost. The topic: Identity theft.

Of the 9.9 million people affected by it last year, senior citizens are targeted more and more, sometimes by phone or computer.

"If you get that call or email, people say it must be true or they wouldn't have said they were. It can lead to big problems," candidate Mike Flannery said.

Perhaps for the first time in this heated election, both Major Bob Rost Police Detective Mike Flannery see eye-to-eye.

"Theft issues that can clean out their life savings. That's something I'd like to take care of for these people," Rost said.

Both candidates outlined ways to help senior citizens. Shredding important documents and avoiding giving out personal information over phone or email were just a few ways to prevent losing everything.

"All of a sudden they check their bank accounts and one day they're missing about $100,000," Rost said.

Surveying the Candidates

One week before election day, getting some face time with these two candidates will make going to the polls a bit easier for some.

"At these forums, you get to listen to them talk and get to see their body language even. You get a better feel when you see them live," voter Judy Shumacher said.

At one point the full-page newspaper ad Flannery took out about Rost did come up at the event.

In the ad, Flannery says Rost should not be taking overtime when he works security in a sheriff's uniform at the River Cities Speedway.

Rost says he has answered all the questions the ad brought up, and at this point, he doesn't know what more he can say.

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