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Published November 03 2010

Clay incumbent commissioner retains seat

With 51 of 55 precincts reporting late Tuesday, incumbent Jon D. Evert outpaced challenger Ron Ekre for the District 3 seat of the Clay County Commission.

Evert had received 1,934 votes, capturing 57 percent of voters’ ballots, while Ekre, a Hawley, Minn., farmer, had 1,449 votes, collecting 43 percent of the vote.

Evert, a farmer from rural Moorhead, has served on the Clay County Commission for 16 years.

During his campaign, Evert focused on several issues, including how to determine which county services are most essential in the wake of state budget cuts and how to enhance the area’s flood protection without increasing flooding for residents who live downstream.

“The most critical issue is the future funding of county government, the need for long-range planning to determine how we should set priorities for the county into the future, and the issue of long-term flood protection for the cities, farms and rural residents of Clay County,” Evert said.

The commission is comprised of five members, each serving a four-year term. Each commissioner is paid $25,701 annually.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Tammy Swift at (701) 241-5525