Wednesday, October 20, 2010 By Aaron Brown
I know you have your own ridiculous local sheriff's race to worry about and, really, that's the point of me writing about mine. Here in Itasca County on the western Mesabi Range where I live, home to 1,000 of Minnesota's "10,000 lakes," we'll have a new sheriff in January. Current Sheriff Pat Medure is retiring and will be replaced either by the Deer River Police Chief Victor Williams or Sheriff's Department investigator Dean Scherf.
I did some political work for another candidate, Darin Shevich, who dropped out before the August primary for personal reasons. For this reason I've been exposed to the drama, DRAMA, of a county sheriff's race. Medure and a lot of the county higher-ups are backing Scherf. Several officials and leaders from surrounding towns are backing Williams. And ... blah blah blah.
The landscape of our scenic county is caked, CAKED, with yellow Scherf signs and blue Williams signs. And as a voter I know that the outcome matters, MATTERS A GREAT DEAL! But the amount of attention focused on this sheriff's race dwarfs anything seen in the county commissioner races, where funds for the actual multi-million dollar county budget will be allocated, including the sheriff's department budget. I can't even properly guess who's going to win those races because few people are even talking about them. There are more combined signs for the Itasca sheriff's race than all other races combined, including governor, Congress and houses that are for sale or sold.
Why is there so much attention on the sheriff's race when, in context, it's just not as important as many of the other races? Is it because, subconsciously, people want to drive drunk and get away with it because they had a sign supporting the sheriff? Or at least speed with impunity? No one will own up to that, but I say prove otherwise! And don't you dare lecture me about how much this all matters. I know how much it matters. I've seen the signs.
I know, OK!
By all means, tell me about the very important sheriff's race in your county.