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Forum staff reports , Published April 07 2014

Cass commissioner files for Fargo City Commission seat; complete list of candidates in area elections

FARGO – Yet another familiar face will appear on the already packed ballot in the race for two open city commissioner seats here.

Cass County Commissioner Vern Bennett on Monday became the seventh person to file for the election. Monday was the last day prospective candidates could file for the June 10 election.

Bennett, 80, is serving his final term as county commissioner this year. He’s been on the county board for three four-year terms, which is the county’s limit.

“I think Fargo needs a choice, a buffet of people to select from,” Bennett said, “and I think that Fargo needs somebody that sees the best days of Fargo yet ahead, and I’m that type of a person.”

Two city commissioner spots are up for grabs in June. The two top vote-getters win the seats.

Commissioners are elected at large and serve four-year terms. Their annual salary is $25,228.

Others running for commissioner are:

  • Mara Brust

  • Anthony Gehrig

  • Incumbent Tim Mahoney

  • Dave Piepkorn

  • John Strand

  • Scott Wagner

    Monday was the filing deadline for anyone who wants to run for elected office.

    Here are the candidates for other local and county races and local measures that area residents will vote on this year:

    Fargo

    Municipal races will be determined during the June election.

    Mayor

    Four-year term. Annual salary $29,442, not including benefits.

  • Incumbent Dennis Walaker

  • Brad Wimmer

    Park Board

    Three seats open. Four-year terms. Annual salary $5,544, no benefits offered.

  • Incumbent Joe Deutsch

  • Rick Flacksbarth

  • Incumbent Mary C. Johnson

  • Matthew Magness

  • Terry Waltz

    School Board

    Five seats open. Four-year terms. Board members are paid $1,000 per month.

  • Tyler Anderson

  • Jennifer Benson

  • Incumbent Linda Boyd

  • Scott Dahms

  • Incumbent Dinah Goldenberg

  • Teri-Lee James

  • Ahmed Kamel

  • Rebecca Knutson

  • Marty Livingood

  • Brian Martin

  • David Paulson

    West Fargo

    Municipal races will be determined during the June election.

    Mayor

    Four-year term. Annual salary $11,535.

  • Incumbent Rich Mattern

    City Commission

    Two seats open. Four-year terms. Annual salary $7,688.

  • Incumbent Duane Hanson

  • Bradley Olson

  • Incumbent Mark Wentz

    Park Board

    Three seats are open. Four-year terms. Annual salary $1,932.

  • Incumbent Sharon Odegaard

  • Incumbent Jeff McCracken

    Municipal Judge

    Four year terms.

  • Incumbent Susan Bailey

    School Board

    Four seats open. Four-year terms. Annual salary $4,730.

  • Jon Erickson

  • Kara Gravley-Stack

  • Patricia Moulton

  • Dan Schaeffer

  • Incumbent Allan Skramstad

  • Shauna Vistad

    Local measures

  • West Fargo residents will be asked to approve a 1 percent sales tax to pay for infrastructure projects.

    Because the ballot question could change city charter, two questions will be on the ballot: The first question will ask voters to approve a change to city charter. The second will ask voters to approve the sales tax increase by setting an ordinance.

    Both questions must be approved by voters before the sales tax could be implemented.

    If approved, the city sales tax will increase from 6.5 percent to 7.5 percent.

  • Voters in the Fargo and West Fargo school districts will be asked to decide whether the districts should publish the minutes of their meetings in their official newspaper.

    Cass County Commission

    The two candidates from each district who earn the most votes in the June primary, each with a minimum of 300 votes, will face off in the Nov. 4 election.

    Commissioners are elected by a countywide vote, but must live in their respective district.

    One commissioner is elected from each district to serve a four-year term. The annual salary is $21,622, not including benefits.

    District 2

    South Fargo, east of 45th Street, north of Interstate 94

  • Dawn Morgan

  • Rick Steen

    District 4

    West Fargo, and south Fargo, west of 45th Street

  • Arland Rasmussen

  • Justin Vega

    District judgeships

    Here are the candidates who were listed Monday as having filed with the Secretary of State’s Office to run for judge of the East Central District Court. Judges serve a six-year term. June is a primary election, so the top two vote-getters move onto the Nov. 4 general election.

    Judgeship No. 1

  • Susan L. Bailey

  • Connie Cleveland

  • Adele Page

  • Tristan Van de Streek

    Judgeship No. 5

  • Incumbent Frank L. Racek

    Judgeship No. 7

  • Incumbent Wade Webb

    Legislative office

    Here are the candidates who were listed Monday as having filed with the Secretary of State’s Office to run for the state Legislature.

    Each district has two House seats and one Senate seat. The top vote-getters in the June primary from each party for each seat will advance to the Nov. 4 general election.

    State senators and representatives serve four-year terms. Odd-numbered districts are up for election this year.

    As of July 1, lawmakers will be paid $167 per day during the legislative session. They get a lodging reimbursement and mileage for one round-trip per week to their homes.

    They also receive $467 per month for execution of duties during the biennium.

    Republicans (R)

    Democratic Non-partisan League (D)

    District 11 - Senate

    Central Fargo and the city’s near south side.

  • Incumbent Tim Mathern (D)

    District 11 - House

    Central Fargo and the city’s near south side.

  • Incumbent Ron Guggisberg (D)

  • Kris Wallman (D)

    District 13 - Senate

    Most of West Fargo.

  • Landis Larson (D)

  • Incumbent Judy Lee (R)

    District 13 - House

    Most of West Fargo.

  • Scott Brand (D)

  • Incumbent Kim Koppelman (R)

  • Christopher Olson (R)

  • Jaci Stofferahn (D)

    District 21 - Senate

    Downtown Fargo.

  • Incumbent Carolyn Nelson (D)

  • Cindy Pfeiffer (R)

    District 21 - House

  • Incumbent Kathy Hogan (D)

  • Robert Lauf (R)

  • Lucas Paper (R)

  • Mary Schneider (D)

    District 25-Senate

    Southeastern Cass County, including Oxbow and Kindred, and the eastern part of Richland County, including Wahpeton, Abercrombie, Walcott, and Fairmount along the Interstate 29 corridor

  • Perry Miller (D)

  • Incumbent Larry Luick (R)

    District 25-House

    Southeastern Cass County, including Oxbow and Kindred, and the eastern part of Richland County, including Wahpeton, Abercrombie, Walcott, and Fairmount along the Interstate 29 corridor

  • Cindy Beck (R)

  • Richard Grosz (D)

  • Alisa Mitskog (D)

  • Daniel Rugroden (R)

    District 27-Senate

    Fargo west of Interstate 29, Frontier, Briarwood, and parts of Barnes and Stanley townships.

  • Jon Casper (R)

  • Warren Solberg (D)

    District 27-House

    Fargo west of Interstate 29, Frontier, Briarwood, and parts of Barnes and Stanley townships.

  • Incumbent Thomas Beadle (R)

  • Incumbent Randy Boehning (R)

  • Logan Heinrich (D)

  • Jess Roscoe (D)

    District 41-Senate

    Part of south Fargo, Prairie Rose and parts of Barnes and Stanley townships.

  • Kyle Davison (R)

  • Evelyn Quigley (D)

    District 41-House

    Part of south Fargo, Prairie Rose and parts of Barnes and Stanley townships.

  • Pamela Anderson (D)

  • Incumbent Al Carlson (R)

  • Sheila Christensen (D)

  • Incumbent Bette Grande (R)

  • Lillian Jones (D)

    District 45-Senate

    The district encompasses northwest Fargo, Harwood, Reiles Acres and North River.

  • Mike Deutsch (D)

  • Incumbent Ronald Sorvaag (R)

    District 45-House

    The district encompasses northwest Fargo, Harwood, Reiles Acres and North River.

  • Incumbent Ed Gruchalla (D)

  • Mary C. Johnson (R)

  • Tom Kading (R)

  • Brenda Warren (D)


    Forum reporters Erik Burgess and Helmut Schmidt and West Fargo Pioneer Assistant Editor Wendy Reuer compiled this report.