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Forum staff reports, Published April 13 2012

Races draw crowd of contenders

FARGO – Friday was the filing deadline for anyone wanting to run for elected office this year in North Dakota.

Here are the candidates for local and county races and local measures that area residents will vote on this year:

FARGO

Municipal races will be determined during the June election.

City Commission

Two seats open. Four-year terms. Annual salary: $21,938.

Anthony Gehrig

Dave Piepkorn*

Melissa Sobolik

Mike Williams*

Park Board

Two seats open. Four-year terms. Annual salary: $5,256.

Ryan Bergseth

Dan Dumas

Barb Johnson*

Joel Vettel*

Municipal Judge

Four-year term. Annual salary: $75,750.

Steve Dawson

School Board

Four seats open. Four-year terms. Annual salary: $12,000.

James “Jim” Ebsen

Jordan Franzen

David Gibb III

Jonathan “J.J.” Gorden

Jim Johnson*

Lillian Jones

Marty Livingood

Brandi Malarkey

Paul Meyers*

Robin Nelson*

John Strand*

WEST FARGO

Municipal races will be determined during the June election.

City Commission

Two seats open. Four-year terms. Annual salary: $7,575.

Peter Karl

Mark Simmons*

Mike Thorstad*

Park Board

Two seats open. Four-year terms. Annual salary: $1,904.

Todd Rheault*

Kathy Scully*

Kenneth Zetocha

School Board

Three seats open. Four-year terms. Annual salary: $4,100.

Gail M. Flom

Kay Kiefer*

Jeff Shirley

Patti Stedman*

Shelley Treib

CASS COUNTY COMMISSION

The two candidates from each district who earn the most votes in the June primary will face off in the November election.

Commissioners are elected by a countywide vote but must live in their respective districts.

One commissioner is elected from each district to serve a four-year term. The annual salary is $20,877, plus benefits.

District 1

North Fargo

Frank Anderson

Billy Nustad

Chad Peterson

Rocky Schneider

Steven Sprague

District 3

South Fargo

Ken Pawluk*

District 5

Cass County, outside of Fargo and West Fargo

Mike Bice (Hickson)

Earl Erdmann (Alice)

Craig Hakanson (Horace)

Marty Johnson (Horace)

Brandy Pyle (Casselton)

Mary Scherling (Fargo)

Mark Weston (Fargo)

LOCAL MEASURES

June

1. Fargo voters will decide whether to extend a half-cent infrastructure sales tax, which expires this summer.

2. Fargo and West Fargo voters will both decide whether the cities should publish the minutes of their meetings for the next four years in the newspaper. For Fargo, the official newspaper is The Forum, and in West Fargo, it’s The Pioneer.

November

1. Cass County voters will decide whether to allow Pleasant Township to secede into Richland County. (Richland County voters will also weigh in on the measure.)

LEGISLATIVE OFFICE

Each district has two House seats and one Senate seat. The top vote-getters in the primary from each party for each seat will advance to the November general election.

Legislators are elected by and for their respective districts. They serve four-year terms.

Senators and representatives are paid $148 per day during the legislative session, plus a lodging reimbursement.

District 16 - Senate

South Fargo, south West Fargo

Tyler Axness (D)

David Duff (R)

District 16 - House

South Fargo, south West Fargo

Ben Hanson (D)

Benjamin Koppelman (R)

Mike Lindemann (D)

Mark Puppe (R)

District 22 - Senate

Rural Cass County, including Casselton

Jessica Arneson (D)

Gary A. Lee (R)*

District 22 - House

Rural Cass County, including Casselton

Wesley R. Belter (R)*

Allan Peterson (D)

Peter F. Silbernagel (R)

District 44 - Senate

North Fargo near the Red River

Tim Flakoll (R)*

Rick Olek (D)

District 44 - House

North Fargo near the Red River

Joshua A. Boschee (D)

Donald Clark (R)*

Bob Jansen (D)

Blair Thoreson (R)*

District 46 - Senate

South Fargo near the Red River

Jim Roers (R)

George Sinner (D)

District 46 - House

South Fargo near the Red River

Kathy Hawken (R)*

Jim Kasper (R)*

Lee Myxter (D)

* denotes incumbent

Forum reporters Kristen M. Daum and Helmut Schmidt compiled this report.


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