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Heidi Shaffer, Published November 03 2010

GOP holds District 41 seats

Two long-time incumbents retained their seats in south Fargo’s District 41 House race.

In complete but unofficial results:

Rep. Al Carlson, who was first elected in 1992 and serves as House majority leader, received 38 percent of the votes. Rep. Bette Grande, elected in 1996, brought in 35 percent of the votes.

Grande said Tuesday night that she’s encouraged by the results.

“It really reflects the voters of District 41,” she said. “They’re looking for hard-working conservative legislators.”

Democratic challenger and political newcomer Ty Hegland received 27 percent of the vote.

Carlson and Grande ran unopposed in the 2006 election, but Carlson said Hegland ran an aggressive campaign this year.

“He put up a good fight against us, and it’s just a relief to have it over,” Carlson said. “Now we go to work.”

As House majority leader, Carlson said it was exciting to see the success of Republicans in other races.

“We did great across the state,” he said.

Carlson received 3,004 votes, followed by Grande’s 2,740 and Hegland’s 2,149.

Republican Sen. Tony Grindberg took in 98 percent of votes in his unopposed run for the Senate seat he’s held since 1992.

District 41 includes portions of Barnes and Stanley townships, and areas in southwest Fargo between 17th and 52nd avenues south between 25th Street and Interstate 29.

Members of the state Legislature serve four-year terms and are paid $148 per day during the legislative session and for each meeting they attend in the interim.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Heidi Shaffer at (701) 241-5511