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Jorgensen declares candidacy for Emmet County sheriff’s race

By Staff | Aug 22, 2008

A Ringsted man has thrown his name in to the race for Emmet County Sheriff.

Morris Jorgensen, a self-employed artist and weather-vane maker, has filed his papers with the county auditor’s office to run as an independent.

“I want to put the ‘peace’ back in peace officer,” he said. “I want to treat people equally and plan to be fair.”

Jorgensen said he sees children that are afraid of officers.

“I don’t think that says much for law enforcement,” he said.

Jorgensen graduated from Ringsted High school and his late father, Stanley, was well-respected in the Ringsted community.

In listing his qualifications, Jorgensen said he’s “easy to get along with.

“I’m a good people person and get along with people everywhere,” he said. “Working in the weather vane business has taught me a lot about dealing with others.”

The sheriff oversees a staff of approximately 20 and Jorgensen says he has the experience necessary to handle the office.

“I was the lead foreman on a construction site for five years,” he said.

The past 10 years, he’s been self-employed as an artist and working with his weather vane business.

Jorgensen also stated his position on the weapons law that was openly debated earlier this spring.

“People should be able to have one if they jump through the hoops,” he said.

Campaign contributions can be sent to the Emmet County State Bank in Ringsted in care of Morris Jorgensen.