Bidal Duran announces Beltrami County Sheriff candidacy

Bidal Duran, a Hubbard County narcotics investigator and former Bemidji police officer, announced Monday that he will run for Beltrami County sheriff in the upcoming 2022 election.

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The Beltrami County Sheriff Office is located at 613 Minnesota Ave. NW in Bemidji.

BEMIDJI — Bidal Duran, a Hubbard County narcotics investigator and former Bemidji police officer, announced on Monday his bid for Beltrami County Sheriff in the upcoming 2022 election.

Prior to working in law enforcement, he served in the U.S. Marine Corps, according to a release.

He received a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Bemidji State, a master’s degree in criminal justice leadership from Concordia University St. Paul, and is currently obtaining a doctor of philosophy degree in public management and leadership from Walden University, the release said.

"Throughout his career, Bidal has demonstrated high standards for himself and has a keen ability to inspire those around him," the release said. "He has proven himself to be professional in situations of intense stress and scrutiny, all while remaining compassionate and engaged."

Duran's mission statement for his candidacy is: "Dedicated to building relationships and ensuring safety and security for our diverse community, by serving in a manner that is fair, consistent, transparent and impartial."


Duran’s plans for the spring and summer will include several events to meet the citizens of Beltrami County and allow them a chance to voice their concerns, as he hopes to hear their ideas on what they’d like to see happening in the sheriff’s office, the release said.

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Bidal Duran family photo

The key priorities Duran is building his campaign on are public safety, community relations and fiscal responsibility, the release said.

“Beltrami County is in a critical position right now, and we need a strong leader to make sure we are headed in the right direction," Duran said. "I believe I have what it takes to make this happen and to ensure our county is safe, all-encompassing, and transparent in matters of law enforcement.”

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