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Sherri Richards, Published November 06 2012

New faces to join Cass County Commission

FARGO – Two new faces were added to the Cass County Commission Tuesday.

Voters selected businessman Chad Peterson for north Fargo’s District 1 and Realtor Mary Scherling for District 5, which covers Cass County outside Fargo and West Fargo.

Incumbent Commissioner Ken Pawluk ran unopposed in commission District 3, which covers Fargo south of Interstate 94 and west to 45th Street South.

In complete but unofficial results, Peterson bested Rocky Schneider, director of public affairs for the Home Builders Association of Fargo-Moorhead, 55 percent to 45 percent. Peterson received 31,668 votes compared to Schneider’s 25,817.

Scherling led Brandy Pyle, former Casselton city auditor, 54 percent to 45 percent. In complete but unofficial results, 30,969 votes were cast for Scherling and 25,859 for Pyle.

Pawluk had 99 percent, or 55,611 votes, with all 36 precincts reporting.

While Cass County commissioners must live in the district they represent, they are elected by the county as a whole.

Commissioners are elected to four-year terms and receive an annual salary of $20,877 plus benefits.

Peterson is 41 and owns Northern Plains Design. He has served on the Cass County Planning Commission, Governance Review Committee and County Park Board.

Scherling, 57, is a real estate broker with AM Realtors and lives south of Fargo. She said her experience going through a flood buyout, as well as a background in health care and radiation accident response, qualify her for the commission seat.

Scherling said Tuesday she was “very happy” with the results.

“It’s been a lot of work, I know for everybody that’s been in this campaign,” she said. “We’ve all worked hard. A lot of good people, a lot of good qualifications. I’m looking forward to working for a better Cass County.”

Pawluk was first elected to the commission in 2004 and was seeking his third and final term.

The outgoing commissioners are Scott Wagner in District 1 and Robyn Sorum in District 5. Both were elected to the commission in 2000 and served the maximum three terms. Wagner is the commission chairman.

District 2 Commissioner Vern Bennett and District 4 Commissioner Darrel Vanyo’s terms expire in 2014.