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Erik Burgess, Published August 05 2013

Hulett to run for Moorhead mayor

MOORHEAD – A second Moorhead councilman has announced his bid for the open mayoral seat.

Mike Hulett, a first-term councilman from the city’s 3rd Ward, will run for mayor in the Nov. 5 election, joining Mark Hintermeyer of the 4th Ward on the ballot.

“I really want to do this,” Hulett said Monday. “I feel like I’m very well qualified to lead the city of Moorhead at this time.”

Mayor Mark Voxland said earlier this year he would not seek re-election after serving three four-year terms.

Hulett said he has been an “active resident of Moorhead” for the past 51 years. He was the city’s first human resources director, a title he held for 13 years. He was on the Moorhead School Board for seven years, and he was chairman of the board of the former Moorhead Chamber of Commerce.

He is retired, but still does human resources consulting and works part time as deputy sheriff in Clay County.

As a councilman, Hulett is not up for re-election this year, meaning he would keep his council seat if he lost in his mayoral bid.

Hintermeyer is up for re-election but cannot run for his 4th Ward council seat because he is running for mayor.

4th Ward seat

Newzad Brifki is throwing in his hat for that vacated 4th Ward seat.

Brifki, who filed for the election on Aug. 1, is the CEO and founder of the Kurdish Community of America, a non-profit community organization in Fargo-Moorhead.

Brifki has been working with nonprofits since 2004. He graduated from Moorhead High School in 2003 and holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Minnesota State University Moorhead.

“The city of Moorhead has offered me tremendous opportunities, and I would like to contribute back and make it even better for the community now and future generations to come,” Brifki said in a statement.

The filing period ends Aug. 13.

In addition to the mayoral race, here’s who had filed to run in each ward by Monday afternoon:

1st Ward: David Hallman and Mari Dailey

2nd Ward: Mark Altenburg (incumbent)

3rd Ward: Brenda Elmer (incumbent) and Julian Dahlquist

4th Ward: Brifki and Ben Anderson

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Erik Burgess at (701) 241-5518