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Former Ramsey County Sheriff Bob Fletcher wins Vadnais Heights council seat

After two recent election losses, the former sheriff gets back into politics by winning a suburban council seat.

Bob Fletcher, the former Ramsey County Sheriff, made a successful return to politics Tuesday, winning a seat on the Vadnais Heights City Council.

The campaign in the northern suburb largely focused on a financially-troubled sports center. Fletcher beat incumbent Council Member Joe Murphy, who’d been on the council when the sports center was approved.

Voters, though, reelected Mayor Marc Johannsen, despite the sports center’s troubles.

Fletcher had served 16 years as Ramsey County Sheriff, before losing to Matt Bostrom in 2010. Fletcher also served on the St. Paul City Council in the 1980s and ran unsuccessfully for mayor there.

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Two years ago, he ran for Ramsey County Board, but came in fourth of four in the primary. He retired last year as a St. Paul Police commander, and says he’s now a counter-terrorism instructor and consultant, and works with Somali youth.