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Erik Burgess, Published July 29 2013

Filing period for November Moorhead city election starts Tuesday

MOORHEAD – The filing period for elections here begins today, and names are already starting to fill the ballots.

Four City Council members and Mayor Mark Voxland are up for re-election in November. Voxland announced early this year that he won’t seek a third term.

Councilman Mark Hintermeyer will run for mayor. Hintermeyer is also up for re-election for his 4th Ward seat, but he cannot pursue both seats.

Councilman Mark Altenburg said Monday night that he plans to run again for his 2nd Ward seat, but intends on it being his last term.

“I think eight years is enough,” he said after the council meeting on Monday night.

Other people in the 2nd Ward “deserve a shot” at the council seat once his second term is up if he is re-elected, Altenburg said. The 2nd Ward includes the central-eastern part of Moorhead.

“I look forward to this re-election campaign,” he said. “I look forward to getting out and talking to people. But I really want to continue some of the efforts that I started in the last four years.”

In the 3rd Ward, Councilwoman Brenda Elmer announced last week that she will seek her second four-year term.

She now has a competitor in 27-year-old Julian Dahlquist, a Minnesota DFL field organizer who told The Forum on Monday night that he plans to run for the 3rd Ward seat.

Dahlquist was born and raised in Moorhead and graduated from Minnesota State University Moorhead in 2011. His great-grandfather was a county commissioner.

“I guess it just sort of jumped a generation, and the bug bit me,” he said.

Dahlquist said he found out working with the DFL and from being on the student senate at MSUM that he loves helping people, and he wants to continue to do that as a city councilman.

“I’m big on representing everyone,” said Dahlquist, noting that he has friends of all political stripes.

The 3rd Ward covers south Moorhead along the Red River.

In the 1st Ward, Councilman Luther Stueland said last week he won’t seek re-election. Stueland cited frustrations with persuading the current council to see his point of view.

David Hallman, a longtime licensed social worker in Clay County, said he will run for the empty seat in 1st Ward, which includes most of north Moorhead.

Longtime 1st Ward Councilwoman Nancy Otto, who is not up for re-election, said Monday that she would not pursue the mayor’s open seat.

Of all the current council members, Otto is the longest serving, and she is the mayor pro tempore in Voxland’s absence. She said that she recently had a grandson born prematurely and needs to spend time with family, not on a campaign.

The filing period ends Aug. 13.

Readers can reach Forum reporter

Erik Burgess at (701) 241-5518