GREAT FALLS — While many candidates are preparing for November's general election, Cascade County Sheriff Jesse Slaughter is not one of them, after defeating Jay Groskreutz in the Republican primary on June 7, 2022.
Slaughter, the incumbent, garnered 70% of the vote to Groskreutz's 30%. There was no Democratic challenger in the November general election, which means that Slaughter will retain his position.
MTN talked with Slaughter on his thoughts on the election.
"It feels great," Slaughter said. "It feels good to have all of the hard work and effort that we put in these last 3 years validated. That really felt good, especially by the margin, that was great."
Slaughter has served as Sheriff since January 1st, 2019, but he feels there is more to be done: "We have a lot more work to do. We were sent here to do God's purpose, and we still have a lot more of it to do."
When asked about his proudest achievement his first term in office, he said it was the collaborations with other agencies.
Ahead of his next term, Slaughter pointed out some projects that are in the works as well as some things he wants to accomplish, including getting a resident deputy in Cascade, and getting the pre-trial program up and running. He also emphasized the importance of staffing and recruiting, with the goal of increasing pay for his deputies and detention officers.
When asked what he's looking forward to the most ahead of his next term, he said his faith in God coupled with his passion for the community.
Slaughter said, "Honestly, being able to serve God in this capacity. Being able to follow his will, and serve him, and do the best job that absolutely we can do to serve the community. Making sure that we're out there and making sure that the community knows that we're not just law enforcement, we're part of the community, they're a part of us, and we go to work for them, so I'm really looking forward to that."
Slaughter will start his second term in January 2023.
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