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Erik Burgess, Published August 13 2013

Former Moorhead council member hits roadblock in effort to run again

MOORHEAD – A former city councilman who wants to run again may face a roadblock because his new home establishing residency is not yet built.

The city attorney is looking into whether Dan Bohmer, who served one term as councilman for the 1st Ward from 2005 to 2009, can run for the 3rd Ward seat this year.

Bohmer filed for the seat this week. The filing deadline was Tuesday for the Nov. 5 election.

Bohmer said he bought the land at 3510 Riverview Circle a few months ago and expected to move in by August, but the construction schedule has lagged.

He needs to live in the city and the ward for at least 30 days before the election. Bohmer argued that while there’s no house yet, it’s still his permanent address and he has a mailbox there.

“It’s a technicality in my mind,” Bohmer said, “because there’s nothing saying you need to sleep there.”

The Moorhead native is married and has seven children. He and his family are living with friends and relatives until their home is ready.

If the city finds that the unfinished home doesn’t qualify, Bohmer plans to rent an apartment or live in a 3rd Ward hotel to establish residency.

City Manager Michael Redlinger said Tuesday that the city attorney will review the matter today.

Bohmer said he didn’t run for re-election in 2009 because of his military responsibilities. He was deployed to Afghanistan for a year in 2011. He said he shouldn’t have any scheduling conflicts this time around.

“I just look forward to going back on the council and trying to move the agenda forward in a positive manner that tries to preserve some of our money as best as we can,” he said.

Also running in the 3rd Ward are incumbent Councilwoman Brenda Elmer and challenger Julian Dahlquist.

Four to run for mayor

Four people are running for Moorhead mayor to replace Mark Voxland, who is not seeking re-election after serving three four-year terms.

Del Rae Williams and Kevin Shores filed for the mayor’s post on Tuesday, the filing deadline. Councilmen Mike Hulett and Mark Hintermeyer are also running for mayor.

Williams is a retired certified public accountant. She said that experience will help her see the “big picture” during city budget debates.

“I really don’t see a downside in running,” Williams said. “I get the opportunity to meet more people. I get the opportunity to do some things I probably wouldn’t have done normally, and I get the opportunity to learn more about Moorhead.”

She was born and raised in Minot, N.D., but has lived in Moorhead for the last 20 years. She and her husband have two children, both of whom are in college.

Williams is treasurer for the Friends of the Moorhead Library and vice president for the League of Women Voters of the Red River Valley. She was on the Moorhead Human Rights Commission for six years.

Shores ran unsuccessfully for mayor in 2001 and 2005. He said he planned to run for mayor in 2009, but lost his vision about six years ago due to a Gulf War illness. Shores is a Navy veteran and an advocate for veterans, Native Americans and “the downtrodden minorities,” he said.

Shores is also an advocate for educating people on the benefits of cannabis, and is the founder of Cannabis Resolution, a group he hopes to turn into a nonprofit soon.

He said he wants fewer corporations and more “mom and pop” stores in Moorhead. He also wants to keep more students in the community.

“A lot of them have a feeling that there’s nothing here to keep them here,” Shores said.

Three people are running for the open 1st Ward seat being vacated by incumbent Councilman Luther Stueland, who is not seeking re-election.

The latest person to file for the post is Moorhead native Alexander E. Huseby, who owns and operates Huseby Commercial Services out of his home in the 1st Ward.

He is a former member of the Minnesota Army National Guard and said he’s unhappy with the “anti-business approach” of the current council.

“In the last 5 years, I’ve been very unhappy with the City Council, and I figured I can either complain about it or try to do something about it,” Huseby said.

Also running in the 1st Ward are David Hallman and Mari Dailey.

In the 2nd Ward, incumbent Councilman Mark Altenburg is being challenged by Jim Haney, who has owned Haney’s Photography in Moorhead for 36 years.

Haney also plays in the band Poitin, the house band at Dempsey’s Public House in downtown Fargo. He and his wife have three sons, two of whom help run his photography business.

“I want to help improve the business climate in Moorhead,” Haney said. “Rather than drive businesses away, I want to attract businesses. I also want to improve the quality of life in Moorhead.”

Five people are running for Hintermeyer’s open 4th Ward seat. Hintermeyer cannot run for both mayor and City Council.

Chris Floberg and Chuck Hendrickson filed for the open seat on Tuesday.

Floberg was born and raised in Fargo, and moved to Moorhead about three years ago. He said he has always been interested in politics.

“I’m looking forward to just bringing my energy, and listening and trying to do the best thing I can do for the community,” Floberg said.

He works at U.S. Bank in Fargo, is married and has three daughters, ages 3, 6, and 9.

Hendrickson is a Warroad native who attended Concordia College, then settled in Moorhead with his wife in 2003.

He’s a technical writer for Intelligent InSites in Fargo. He and his wife have four children.

“I think we need new businesses here in Moorhead,” Hendrickson said. “A lot of it’s being lost to Fargo. … I think we can do much better.”

Also running in the 4th Ward are Newzad Brifki, Ben Anderson and Cassandra Lougheed.

Readers can reach Forum reporter

Erik Burgess at (701) 241-5518