Former sheriff will challenge Layman for House seat

Former Itasca County Sheriff Pat Medure announced today that he is a candidate for the District 5B seat in the Minnesota House of Representatives. House District 5B serves most of Itasca County and a portion of Cass County.

Born and raised on the east Iron Range and a resident of Itasca County for 40 years, Medure served over 33 years as a law enforcement officer in the county and retired after a 16 year career as Itasca County Sheriff. He currently serves as a member of the ISD 318 School Board and holds a leadership position in numerous civic and educational organizations in the region.

As Itasca County Sheriff, Medure was responsible for 14 different budgets totaling $6.5 million. He managed a staff of 68 employees and was responsible for a 107-bed correctional facility and the county’s emergency management system.

“This financial and leadership experience with Itasca County has been extremely beneficial to my current community work in education, healthcare and nonprofit organizations,” he said, “and it will continue to assist me in work at the state level.”

While a current elected member of the ISD 318 School Board, Medure has been responsible for a $49 million budget and the work of over 500 employees. Medure serves as a member of several regional and state boards, including the Range Association of Municipalities & Schools (RAMS).

Medure received his AA and Law Enforcement degrees from Hibbing Community College and served for 10 years as an instructor at this same college. He also completed training at the National FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia, the National Sheriff’s Association Academy in Longmont, Colorado, and FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development training program in Minneapolis. He will seek the DFL endorsement.