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Empting announces reelection bid for Clay County sheriff

Empting was first elected in 2018. Before becoming sheriff, he was a lieutenant with the sheriff's office, having joined the agency as a deputy in 2002.

Clay County Sheriff-elect Mark Empting
Clay County Sheriff Mark Empting has announced his plans to run for reelection in the Nov. 8, 2022, general election in Clay County.
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MOORHEAD — Clay County Sheriff Mark Empting has announced he plans to run for reelection in the Nov. 8 general election in Clay County.

Empting was first elected in 2018, filling the post that had been held by Bill Bergquist, who announced his retirement prior to the election and endorsed Empting for the job. Before becoming sheriff, he was a lieutenant with the sheriff's office, having joined the agency as a deputy in 2002.

The filing period for candidates to run in the November county election is May 17-31.

Empting announced his reelection plans on his Facebook page.

"It has been an absolute honor to serve the Clay County community as your sheriff, I look forward to many more years in this critical position," Empting said in the announcement, adding: "I am confident I have proven myself as a strong law enforcement leader, successfully taking your sheriff’s office through some of the most difficult times in law enforcement history."

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Empting said the challenges included the pandemic, anti-law-enforcement movements and the loss of mutual aid agreements with North Dakota partners.

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