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Published March 05 2012

Open Cass County Commission seats drawing several hopefuls

FARGO – Open seats on the Cass County Commission this year are attracting a slew of hopefuls.

Three commission seats will be on the November ballot, with at least two guaranteed to be filled by newcomers.

Commissioners Scott Wagner and Robyn Sorum cannot run for re-election due to term limitations.

Commissioner Ken Pawluk is seeking re-election to his seat.

Commissioners are elected by district but serve the whole county.

Candidates must live in the district they want to represent.

Wagner’s seat in District 1 has drawn the most interest from prospective candidates.

Two hopefuls have already filed their candidacy for the District 1 seat, and a third has announced his campaign.

District 1 spans north Fargo.

Bank executive Billy Nustad and Fargo city Auditor Steven Sprague filed earlier this year.

Rocky Schneider, public affairs director at the Home Builders Association of Fargo-Moorhead, announced his bid for the seat this week.

Pawluk faces no competition yet to keep his District 3 seat, which includes south Fargo, south of Interstate 94 and east of 45th Street.

Sorum’s District 5 seat, representing rural Cass County, hasn’t drawn any contenders yet.

Candidates have until 4 p.m. April 13 to file proper paperwork and petition signatures with the county auditor’s office.

The two candidates receiving the most votes from each district in the June primary will advance to the November election.


Readers can reach Forum reporter Kristen Daum at (701) 241-5541