Former undersheriff announces candidacy for Flathead Co. sheriff

Jordan White at the KCFW studios after announcing his candidacy for Flathead County Sheriff

Former undersheriff Jordan White officially announced his candidacy Thursday for Flathead County sheriff.

He started at the sheriff's office when he was only 21 years old, climbing the ranks to the undersheriff position.

He left in 2012 to co-found a search and rescue helicopter program.

White says he'll bring the Flathead community a well-rounded approach to public safety.

"This candidacy is a lifetime of service, from my experience in every range of public service, from emergency medicine, firefighting, search and rescue and law enforcement," he told NBC Montana.

We reached out to the current sheriff, Chuck Curry, who has served the county for almost seven years, to confirm whether he is running for re-election but did not get a response.

At news time the Elections Office did not have a re-election bid filed from Curry.

White said he would leave it up to the sheriff to officially confirm, but he also said he would not run against him.

"He and I worked together very closely on the helicopter program, so we've been in the trenches together for my whole career. He's definitely mentored me along my journey, so I'm excited to carry on his legacy if given the opportunity," he said.

Filing officially began Thursday, but all candidates will have until March 12 to file.

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