Bob Edwards intends to seek a third term as Cascade County sheriff, faces three other candidates

Bob Edwards is seeking a third term as Cascade County sheriff, but has not yet filed the paperwork.

He said on Saturday that he plans to file with the elections office on Monday, before the 5 p.m. deadline.

Edwards is running as a Democrat.

He’s challenged by Jesse Slaughter and George Kynett on the Democratic ticket and Bob Rosipal who’s running as a Republican for the sheriff’s seat.

Kynett files in Cascade County sheriff’s race

GFPD officer running for sheriff

Rosipal files to run for Cascade County sheriff

Edwards said he discussed the prospect of running again with his family and weighed the impact of his domestic disturbance incident in Helena last summer with his girlfriend.

He said he takes that incident seriously and “I know what I’ve done. I refuse to let it define me. I know I’ve put a little ding in the public’s trust.”

Edwards said he’s had community support and residents who encouraged him to run despite the incident.

If re-elected, he said he’s open to new ideas and wants to improve the leadership chain for the jail.

He said that if he’s re-elected, Dave Phillips would remain as his undersheriff. Edwards has not yet selected a campaign treasurer.

Monday is the filing deadline for the seven county positions on the November ballot.

The sheriff’s race has the most contenders.

On Friday, Dominick Snell filed as a Republican to challenge Jane Weber for the District 3 commission seat.
Challenger files for county commission seat

Joe Trainer has filed to challenge incumbent James Boland for public administrator.

Diane Heikkila has filed to challenge incumbent Jamie Bailey who is seeking reelection as county treasurer.
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Josh Racki is also running unopposed so far for county attorney, a position he was appointed to last year after John Parker was appointed as a district judge.

Rina Fontana Moore has filed for reelection as the clerk and recorder and is currently unopposed.

Mary Jolley and Steve Fagenstrom have filed for reelection for justice of the peace.