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Erik Burgess, Published November 07 2012

Evert, Gross win Clay County board seats

MOORHEAD – An incumbent held his spot and a fresh face will take the vacated seat on the Clay County Commission after votes were cast Tuesday.

In complete but unofficial results, former Dilworth councilman Frank Gross captured the vacated District 2 seat, beating John Young Jr.

Gross took 52 percent to Young’s 47 percent with all precincts reporting unofficial results. When reached for comment Tuesday night, Gross said he is excited about his new role as commissioner.

“I’m thankful for the support I have received,” he said. “I plan on working with the other commissioners to continue to serve all the people of Clay County.”

District 2 serves most of northern Clay County outside Moorhead.

In District 3, incumbent Jon Evert beat out challenger Greg Anderson. In complete but unofficial results. Evert took 53 percent to Anderson’s 46 percent.

“I thank the voters for the confidence, and I hope we can accomplish things that are needed,” Evert said Tuesday night.

District 3 covers most of southern Clay County outside of Moorhead.

Evert had 2,906 votes to Anderson’s 2,516. Gross had 2,579 votes to Young’s 2,341.

In the August primary, a candidate field loaded with familiar faces was whittled down to two in each district. The Red River diversion project and the state budget emerged as major issues in the race.

Gross, 68, who worked at the U.S. Postal Service for 32 years, said he will work with commissioners to address issues across the county.

Evert, 65, a former farmer and rural life outreach coordinator, has served on the commission for 18 years. He was elected to a four year term in 2010 but is running again due to redistricting.

“I’ll be happy to fill it out,” Evert said of his term. “We’ll see how it goes and what issues might be facing us two years from now.”

Commissioners typically serve four-year terms, but because of redistricting following the 2010 census, District 3 is only a two-year term this election. Commissioners receive an annual salary of $25,701.

Incumbents Wayne Ingersoll, Kevin Campbell and Grant Weyland from Districts 1, 4 and 5 ran unopposed for re-election to the commission. Weyland is the chair of the board, and Ingersoll is the vice chair.

District 2 incumbent Jerry Waller did not seek reelection.