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Erik Burgess, Published July 23 2013

Stueland won't seek re-election; Hallman to seek his seat on Moorhead council

MOORHEAD – A longtime licensed social worker will run for an open 1st Ward seat on the City Council being vacated by Luther Stueland.

David Hallman announced Tuesday that he will run for the seat of Stueland, who told The Forum late Tuesday that he won’t run for re-election.

Stueland, who was elected in 2009, became known for voting against the majority of the council. He said Tuesday he’s tired of swimming against the current.

“I think it’s important that both sides of an issue are discussed,” he said. “The rest of the council was respectful in listening to my position, but I had an awful time trying to persuade them to join me, which is disappointing.”

He said he is most passionate about economic freedom and individual liberty, and that the current council seems “dead set against those ideals.”

“I’m not willing to take the time away from my family and my job and my other interests if I can’t see the progress that I’d like to see made,” Stueland said.

Hallman has been a foster care license specialist with Clay County Social Services for 16 years.

“I want to serve and I think this is a good way I can serve,” he told the Forum on Tuesday.

Hallman said he is a “staunch supporter” of personal rights. He also believes in removing the toll on the toll bridge between north Fargo and Moorhead and setting up a better plan to fix the city’s aging infrastructure.

“I am very open-minded,” Hallman said. “I don’t walk into a meeting with a solution. I walk into a meeting looking for solutions.”

Hallman was reappointed last year by Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton to serve his third four-year term on the state’s Board of Social Work, but he said if he is elected to the City Council, he would consider resigning from that board.

The self-described “Air Force brat” was born in Dover, Del., and has lived in Moorhead since 1985. He graduated from what was then Moorhead State University in 1997 with a Bachelor of Science degree in social work.

He lives in north Moorhead with his wife, Sally, and son William.

Five seats are up for re-election in November, including four spots on the eight-member council and the post of mayor. Mayor Mark Voxland has said he isn’t running again.

Stueland served one four-year term in the 1st Ward, which includes most of north Moorhead. The ward’s other council member, Nancy Otto, isn’t up for re-election this cycle.

Also up for re-election are 2nd Ward Councilman Mark Altenburg, 3rd Ward Councilwoman Brenda Elmer and 4th Ward Councilman Mark Hintermeyer.

Hintermeyer, who plans to run for mayor, cannot run for both seats.

The filing period begins July 30 and ends Aug. 13.

Readers can reach Forum reporter

Erik Burgess at (701) 241-5518