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John Lamb, Published November 03 2010

District 27: Berry on way to Senate

Republican Spencer Berry won his first four-year term as North Dakota state senator from District 27 Tuesday night.

Berry, a physician with Sanford Health, campaigned for smaller government, fiscal responsibility and “common-sense family values.”

He could not be reached for comment.

His opponent, Democrat Lee Myxter, a retired high school teacher, left his House seat to run for the Senate seat left open when Democrat Jim Pomeroy said he wouldn’t seek re-election. Myxter had been a member of the House since 2007.

In the District 27 state House race, incumbent Republican Randy Boehning won his third term. He was first elected in 2002.

Political newcomer Republican Thomas Beadle took Myxter’s old House seat.

Though Democratic candidate Tricia Kelly quit her campaign and moved out of state about a month ago, her name remained on the ballot, and she received 1,625 votes, 287 fewer than Beadle.

District 27 includes parts of Fargo south of Main Avenue and west of Interstate 29 and some communities south of 52nd Avenue between 57th Street and the Red River, including Briarwood.

Legislators serve four-year terms and are paid $148 a day during the legislative session and for each day they attend a meeting during the interim.

Readers can reach Forum reporter John Lamb at (701) 241-5533