FARGO--Cass County will have a new sheriff in town come November, and unofficial results from the primary election show Jesse Jahner winning the race. However, this primary will not eliminate either of the two candidates. Both Jahner and Mike Kjera will move on to the general election on Tuesday, Nov. 6.
Jahner collected 71 percent of the vote, compared to Kjera’s 29 percent, in unofficial results from 38 of 38 precincts reporting.
Jahner said he is exceptionally pleased with the numbers that came in Tuesday night, but admits there is a long ways to go until November and a lot can happen between now and then.
In the current moment, Jahner and his committee are “very happy right now.”
If elected in November, Jahner said he wants to improve emergency preparedness throughout the county. Additionally, he would like to build stronger relationships with residents, local businesses, schools and emergency services.
If elected, Kjera said he wants to make the opioid crisis a top priority. He wants to implement a program in the jail for inmates locked up due to addiction issues and allow the public access to opioid addiction help.
Incumbent Sheriff Paul Laney is not running for re-election. He plans to retire from law enforcement when his term ends Dec. 31, 2018. Laney endorsed Jahner in December.
Kjera, 54, who lives in south Fargo, is a patrol officer and has worked for the Fargo Police Department for 28 years.
Jahner, 44, who also lives in south Fargo, is a captain with the Cass County Sheriff’s Office, where he has worked for 19 years.