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Published June 10 2010

Fremling won’t seek recount in Fargo School Board race

After losing by fewer than 100 votes, longtime Fargo School Board member Dan Fremling said Wednesday that he won’t seek a recount.

The tally from Tuesday’s election shows challenger Kris Wallman with 98 more votes than Fremling.

“She worked extremely hard,” Fremling said Wednesday. “She really did. I was surprised it was that close.”

In the final results, Fremling received 3,945 votes while Wallman received 4,043 votes.

After nearly 12 years on the board, Fremling said he didn’t campaign much this year.

“I probably didn’t put my best effort out there,” Fremling said. “(But) I don’t regret anything.”

He and board members Don Faulkner and Laura Carley have four weeks left before former Fargo City Commissioner Linda Coates, West Acres mall manager Rusty Papachek and Wallman take their seats on the nine-member board.

Carley didn’t seek re-election after 16 years on the board. Faulkner, who has been on the board for nine years, sought re-election but was ousted by the challengers.

Incumbents Rick Steen and Dinah Goldenberg were also re-elected.

In the final results, Coates received 5,076 votes, Steen 4,771, Papachek 4,363 and Goldenberg 4,085.

The difference in vote totals for Wallman and Fremling wasn’t close enough for an automatic recount, but state law allows Fremling to request a recount at his cost within three days of the canvassing of the votes, which will be on Monday.

While Fremling is not interested in a recount, he’s not shutting out the possibility of other roles in public office.

“As one door closes, usually another one opens,” he said. “So I’m just waiting for that door to open.”

Readers can reach Forum reporter Kelly Smith at (701) 241-5515