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Former Sheriff Bob Fletcher trying for political return in Vadnais Heights city council race

Fletcher, long-time Ramsey County Sheriff and a former St. Paul City Council member, is challenging Vadnais Heights incumbent council member Joe Murphy.

Bob Fletcher, the former long-time Ramsey County Sheriff, is trying again to get back into politics.

He’s running for the Vadnais Heights city council against incumbent Joe Murphy and two other challengers in the suburb north of St. Paul.

Fletcher, who retired last year as a St. Paul Police commander, says he’s now a counter-terrorism instructor and consultant, and has also been working with Somali youth.

He says he’s running because of the city’s financial debacle with the Vadnais Sports Center, which hurts the city’s bond rating and costs taxpayers money. Top challenges facing the city, he said, are recovering from the Sports Center legacy and working to get a Vadnais stop on the coming Rush Line Metro Transit route.

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Fletcher served on the St. Paul City Council in the 1980s and ran for mayor and the Legislature back then, too. He was elected sheriff in 1994 and served 16 years, before he was defeated in 2010 by Matt Bostrom.

Two years ago, Fletcher ran unsuccessfully for a Ramsey County Board seat, coming in fourth of four in the primary.