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  • 2020 FMWF Area General Election Guide

  • The Chamber is committed to sharing election and candidate information to encourage civic participation in elections. We encourage you to take advantage of these materials and opportunities as you prepare to cast your vote. Though we don’t endorse candidates, we are dedicated to educating members of the community on candidates and their stances.

    Below you will find what is on your ballot, information about North Dakota’s statewide constitutional measures, opportunities to get to know the candidates and how to vote early or on election day.

     

    Scroll to the bottom of this page to see Q&A with each candidate.

     


  • How to vote


    Cass County

    • Mail-in/Absentee voting: Request your ballot at vote.nd.gov. USPS recommends returning a ballot at least a week before the election.
    • Early voting begins October 19 at 9 a.m.
    • Vote in person at any of the six voting sites in metro Cass County or Casselton.

    Check the Cass County election page for early and election day voting times and locations. Note: Voting locations may have changed due to COVID-19.

    Clay County

    • Mail-in/absentee voting period: September 18 to November 2: Request your ballot at mnvotes.sos.state.mn.us. USPS recommends returning a ballot at least a week before the election.
    • Vote in person at your polling location on election day.

    Find your polling location and times on the City of Moorhead’s election page. Note: Voting locations may have changed due to COVID-19.


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  • North Dakota Statewide Ballot Measures
     

    North Dakota Measure 1 – State Board of Higher Education amendments

    This measure would amend the North Dakota Constitution in regards to the State Board of Higher Education. Some of the noteworthy changes include expanding the board, increasing the term length of members, prohibiting consecutive terms and disallowing legislators and state employees from serving.

    The Chamber Board of Directors voted to oppose this measure as expanding the board will only compound the foundational issues the board faces. A one-size-fits-all model doesn’t work for such varying institutions that the board oversees, and the pool of candidates would slim to a concerning extent due to the requirement of only two individuals holding a bachelor’s degree from the same institution.

    North Dakota Measure 2 – Constitutional amendments approval process amendments

    This measure would amend the North Dakota Constitution in regards to the process of approving citizen-initiated constitutional amendments. It would require any voter approved initiated constitutional amendment to be presented to the legislature during the next legislative session, where it would have public hearings in both Houses of the legislature, so all points of view could be heard. During this process, the legislature cannot change the wording of the measure. If both Houses approve with a majority vote, the measure becomes enacted, thus changing the Constitution. If it fails to be approved by both Houses, it would again be placed on the ballot for voters to either approve or defeat, after having heard the results of the public hearings. Nothing in the measure can be changed by the legislature. The measures becomes enacted after a vote of approval the second time on ballot. Currently, after being approved at a statewide election, a constitutional amendment becomes effective.

     

    The Chamber Board of Directors has not voted to take an official stance on this ballot measure.


  • Meet the Candidates

    Virtual Candidate Forums

    The Chamber does not endorse candidates for political office; however, we are dedicated to sharing educational opportunities for our community to be educated engaged citizens when they head to the polls. This year, for the safety of the candidates, Chamber members and community, instead of an in-person option, we will be going all virtual with our election resources!

    The week of October 12, we will hold four separate candidate forums for the legislative districts in the region. These virtual events will allow all candidates to provide opening and closing remarks, as well as answer prewritten questions from us, and live questions from you.

    Have a question for the candidates? Email Katie at kmastel@fmwfchamber.com.

    Moorhead City Council Candidates

    Just as we did with Fargo and West Fargo City offices, we will be releasing a video featuring our Moorhead City Council Candidates. Check our virtual election resources in late October to find this resource.

    Candidate Questionnaires

    We are again providing you with written questionnaires from the candidates. Click on the plus icon (+) next to each person to learn more about the candidates across our metro!

    All candidates will be invited to participate in their respective race resources; however, resources will be published excluding those that wish not to participate or fail to meet deadlines. All responses below have not been edited for spelling or grammar and copied from what was provided to us.

  • North Dakota

  • District 16

  • District 16 Candidate Forum
  • Kari Breker (D) - Senate Kari Breker (D) - Senate

    EMAIL: karibreker16@gmail.com
    WEBSITE: www.karibreker4ndsenate.com
    FACEBOOK: KariBreker4NDSenate
    PHONE: 701-261-0348
    MAILING ADDRESS: P.O. Box 7432, Fargo, ND 58106

    If elected, what are your top three priorities and what relation do they have to business?
    Quality public education, including funding for pre-k, and sufficient funding for essential services and educator support in the schools to help children and families grow and succeed.

    Affordable healthcare, including mental healthcare and treatment for addiction.

    A living wage and affordable housing including a fair wage which allows employees to afford basic human needs, a paid family leave program that works for both large and small businesses, and affordable housing options in all communities with expanded incentives for home ownership.

    The economy and local businesses thrive even more when all of the above issues are improved.

    Why are you running for this elected position?
    The ND State Legislature is made up of less than 22% female legislators and Democrats are outnumbered by a 4:1 ratio. We need more women and Democrats in order to have a better balanced law-making process in ND. I believe I would be a positive addition to the Senate with a younger and fresh perspective to offer. My goal as a legislator will be to reach across the aisle and find compromise to solve issues while also pledging to advocate for the marginalized and oppressed.

    What experiences have prepared you for this elected position?
    My professional experience includes being a Child Therapist working with child witnesses of domestic violence and teenage survivors of sexual assault, former Prevent Child Abuse ND Board Member, collaborating with child protective services and the foster care system, and even working with offenders of domestic violence in a treatment group. With my Masters of Social Work, a mother of four school-aged children, and with my extensive knowledge of the human condition and behavior, I am qualified, driven, and capable of being a strong voice for families, workers, and small businesses.

    David A. Clemens (R) - Senate David A. Clemens (R) - Senate

    701-526-6891
    dave.clemens48@gmail.com

    If elected, what are your top three priorities and what relation do they have to business?
    If elected, my top three priorities would be no additional taxes or less taxes, decreased regulations and limited government.  All three of these will encourage business in North Dakota, both established and new. As business grows so does the need for employees and this benefits all of North Dakota.

    Why are you running for this elected position?
    I am running for re-election to the ND Senate so I can support bills that encourage free enterprise. I believe that the people of North Dakota are the priority and will work for quality education and health care while maintaining a strong financial system that will benefit North Dakotans for generations to come.  I also stand for life and want to promote a healthy society for all, from the unborn to the elderly.  I also support our local law enforcement, our military and our Constitution.

    What experiences have prepared you for this elected position?
    I have worked in Agriculture, Manufacturing, Engineering and Sales.  I am past chairman of the North Dakota Republican Party District 16 and was elected to the North Dakota Senate in 2016. In the Legislature, I have served on the Human Services Committee, Vice Chair of the Transportation Committee, Interim Committee for Legislative Audit and Fiscal Review Committee and the Task Force for Child Sexual Abuse.

    Tracey Wilkie (D) - House Tracey Wilkie (D) - House

    If elected, what are your top three priorities and what relation do they have to business?

    When elected my three priorities are funding our K-12 education while supporting our teachers and their support staff during this pandemic time. Supporting our frontline healthcare workers is another priority along with supporting keeping people from losing their housing with a rent and mortgage moratorium, with COVID numbers. Each relates to business because if we are not healthy, if our children and grandchildren don’t receive a quality education, and if we don’t have adequate housing we can not flourish in our desire to build business.

     

    Why are you running for this elected position?

    I’m running for this position because North Dakota is my home, I have a voice that must be heard. I know my experience in life, career and education have prepared me for this next chapter. I have always been a voice and advocate for people throughout my life and look forward to representing District 16.

     

    What experiences have prepared you for this elected position?

    Experiences that have helped me to prepare for a legislative position are working within a national model site for criminal justice reform in Portland Oregon for 20 years, being part of making progressive policies and having a voice when decisions are made, AFSCME local 88 member and steward, child protection services, born into poverty and struggled with homelessness through out my life. My mother managed the largest family owned store in our in our community many years.

  • District 22

  • District 22 Candidate Forum
  • Laetitia Hellerud (D) - Senate Laetitia Hellerud (D) - Senate

    Email address: Hellerud4d22@gmail.com
    Website: www.hellerud4d22.com
    Facebook page: Laetitia Hellerud for North Dakota District 22
    Instagram: @Hellerud4d22

    If elected, what are your top three priorities and what relation do they have to business?

    My top three priorities are:

    • Innovative workforce development to mitigate the labor shortage in the state and region and to continue building a strong economy that works for all.
    • Improved public school systems with better supports for teachers and families, and the promotion of local control.
    • Better healthcare access with an emphasis on mental health and substance abuse support, especially in rural North Dakota where the suicide rate among farmers is increasing.

    Businesses rely on a strong, well-educated (all levels and trades) and healthy (physically and emotionally) workforce to thrive. These issues are imperative to building strong businesses and economy.

    Why are you running for this elected position?

    Those representing us in Bismarck look nothing like our growingly diverse communities. We need more women, younger people, farmers, Native Americans, people of color, persons of different faith backgrounds and abilities. I have the credentials to serve as a senator and the desire to give back to a state that gave me countless opportunities. When hiring, do you search for needed qualifications and skills to strengthen your organization or do you repeatedly hire the same backgrounds, gender, and age group? I invite voters to research candidates and to, also, consider including qualified black representation to our state legislature.

    What experiences have prepared you for this elected position?

    My academic credentials, worldview, personal qualities, and strong professional networks will strengthen our state legislature. I have a graduate degree in management and over two decades of grassroot work experience with various underrepresented populations. I was also a teacher and factory worker before assuming management positions. As a consultant, I led workforce development studies for multisector coalitions. Since 1998, I have been invested in community growth by serving on multiple boards. My leadership as an advocate, small business entrepreneur, author, and volunteer laid a robust foundation to serve with people of opposing views. I am always searching for common ground.

    Mark Weber (R) - Senate Mark Weber (R) - Senate

    District 22 Senate Republican Candidate
    Box 231, Casselton, ND, 58012
    My E-mail is: webermarkf@gmail.com
    My Facebook Page is: Mark Weber for ND District 22 Senate
    Our other facebook page is: Weber-Pyle-Howe for District 22

    If elected, what are your top three priorities and what relation do they have to business?

    My focus would be fiscal responsibility with the state’s budget by keeping taxes low, business growth with less regulations that provide more and higher paying jobs, making higher education more affordable, lowering property taxes, getting more money to the local level for bridges and roads, and addressing mental health issues.  So much of North Dakota’s economy depends on oil and agriculture so we must find ways to diversify our economy that will provide more job opportunities for families and financial stability.  Each of these priorities will have a positive impact on business.

    Why are you running for this position?

    A government responsive to the needs of the people requires citizen participation.  There has been a decline in people interested in serving government because it takes time, effort, energy and the political landscape has become so bitterly partisian.  I want to apply my varied business and public experience in the legislative process in a non-partisan way to improve people’s live’s and create economic opportunities for people to grow, prosper, and raise families.  I accept the challenges and tremendous responsibility that goes with serving as a legislator.

    What experiences have prepared you for this elected position?

    I have broad experience in both the private & public sector.  My brother and I took many financial risks on our farm and in other businesses. I worked closely with State Legislators & Congress on many issues in my 30 year career as Executive Director of the ND Soybean & Red River Valley Sugarbeet Grower Associations and the Northern Crops Institute located on the NDSU campus.  I know how to get positive results when working in a non-partisan fashion. I served on the holding company’s board of directors for Choice Financial Bank, currently the largest private agricultural lender in ND.

    Michael Howe (R) - House Michael Howe (R) - House

    www.howefornd.com

    www.facebook.com/howefornorthdakota.com

     

    If elected, what are your top three priorities and what relation do they have to business?

    1. Creating a skilled and trained workforce- with skilled workers comes opportunities for businesses to expand or relocate to North Dakota.
    2. Keep taxes low to allow for business expansion- low taxes is the certainty businesses need to grow.
    3. Infrastructure funding- if the state can pick up more of the tab on infrastructure projects, that will help reduce the property tax burden on individuals and businesses.

    Why are you running for this elected position?

    I am running for reelection to continue to make North Dakota the best place in the country to start a business, raise a family, and have the highest standard of living in the United States.

    What experiences have prepared you for this elected position?

    As a 5th generation farmer and small business owner, I can point to my experiences in the private sector to help guide policy decisions among my colleagues. After just 1 term in the ND House, I've been elevated to serve on the House Appropriations committee as well as legislative management.

    Jodi Meisch (D) - House Jodi Meisch (D) - House

    Website: Jodimeischfornd.com
    Email: Jodimeisch@gmail.com
    Phone (call or text): 701-866-6819
    Mailing: PO Box 11 - Mapleton, ND 58059
    Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter: @Jodimesich

    If elected, what are your top three priorities and what relation do they have to business?

    My top three priorities include accessibility to services for Deaf/Hard of Hearing individuals, sustainable land-use programing, and responsible property tax solutions. Services for the DHH population is good for business because it ensures equitable employment to fill job vacancies, which increases employees’ purchasing power and assists in workforce development. Sustainable land-use programs provide management options for landowners. With agriculture being a major contributor to our economy, ensuring these resources are available helps drive the financial outcome of farmers. Lastly, property tax solutions make home ownership more affordable and supports the growth and success of area home-builder businesses.

    Why are you running for this elected position?

    I am running for this position to bring new topics, ideas, and perspectives to our Legislature. There are already great conversations taking place around traditional state policies such as education, infrastructure, and health care. My “why” in running is to continue supporting these issues while proposing and advancing conversations on newer issues affecting many North Dakotans such as Deaf/Hard of Hearing services, sustainable land-use programs, and mental health resources.

    What experiences have prepared you for this elected position?

    My professional experiences, ranging from retail and real estate to non-profit administration, has provided me a comprehensive lens into a variety of business and community sectors. Knowing how intricately each industry is woven into our community as a whole, I understand the importance of asking proactive questions and inviting alternate perspectives to provide input. This is critical in legislature to ensure the various voices of our districts are represented. Additionally, experiences as a mental health patient has given me first-hand knowledge of system gaps, and interpersonal relationships have molded me into a tenaciously empathetic change-maker.

    Brandy Pyle (R) - House Brandy Pyle (R) - House

    PO BOX 337
    Casselton ND 58012
    701.388.2622
    bpyle@unityseed.com
    https://www.facebook.com/brandpyleNDhouseD22
    https://www.facebook.com/district22ticket

     

    If elected, what are your top three priorities and what relation do they have to business?

    My legislative priorities include Workforce, Education, Infrastructure and Behavioral and mental health. These priorities relate to business in that we need to educate learners for jobs that may not exist yet.  We need to build a skilled 21st century workforce and work collectively to address the cost of behavioral health on people, families and businesses. We also need to ensure that the infrastructure is there for our businesses to be able to transport their goods or for customers to visit their location.

    Why are you running for this elected position?

    I want to ensure that North Dakota continues to be a great place to live, work and raise a family. raise a family.  I was asked 4 years ago to run and have excelled in my first term as State Representative.  I enjoy working to find affordable solutions, new opportunities, empower people and problem solve!

    What experiences have prepared you for this elected position?

    I currently am the elected State Representative.  In the past have worked as a City Auditor, community volunteer, chaired various groups.  I am a mother of 4 kids, hosted an exchange student, was an exchange student to Venezuela and Austria.  I have traveled the world with organizations looking at cultural, education, political, and business systems.  I have and continue to meet with people and organizations to build networks, coalitions and friendships.

    Will Thompson (D) - House Will Thompson (D) - House

    If elected, what are your top three priorities and what relation do they have to business?

    My number one priority is Mental Health, getting affordable and avaliable resources to North Dakotan. My next priority is Workers Rights, making sure they are safe at work and don't feel forced to work while sick. And my Third Priority is Renters Rights, making sure people can rent for affordable prices, and not have large spikes in lease renewing. All of this things are ment to help workers be better off as people, because those are the most productive workers.

    Why are you running for this elected position?

    I'm running because I want to give back to my community in some way. I'm not eligible for the Military because I have a lazy eye. So the best way I can serve my community and give back is though becoming a public servant who works for my community. People over profits, the needs of my people over everything else.

    What experiences have prepared you for this elected position?

    I was raised in a politically active house. My father served in the ND congress among other things. I've also served as an elected representative for the people on a smaller scale in Highschool, as the student body president. I did things like help set the district school calendar for the future year as well as advocate for the needs of students to administration. I think the number one thing that has prepared me is my listening skills. For me public service is about listening to the people and their needs, and fighting for those needs above everything else.

  • District 44

  • District 44 Candidate Forum
  • Tim Flakoll (R) - Senate Tim Flakoll (R) - Senate

    WWW.FlakollForSenate.com

     

    If elected, what are your top three priorities and what relation do they have to business?

    We must build a stronger more diverse economy and make wise use of the interest/income from the Legacy Fund. Near term, use the fund to grow and diversify our economy so we are less reliant on oil and agriculture commodities. We must balance the budget without tax increases. I will ensure a world class education and support Career Academies for individuals not bound for a four-year campus. That coupled with a strong economy we will produce high quality jobs/careers. We must ensure we have the resources to overcome COVID and not let that, nor high taxes and overregulation choke businesses.

    Why are you running for this elected position?

    Time and again my opponent has not been successful in leading on issues important to Fargo.  Regardless of his positions, he has a 0.00% pass rate on bills where he was the chief author, which hurts Fargo. Conversely, as Senator I have 90% pass rate on legislation in my recent sessions and I have taken on tough important bills like lowering property taxes by $1.1 billion and safer neighborhoods. As Senator, there are important issues that need real results like strengthening and diversifying our economy, taxes, healthcare, increased transparency, innovation, investing in our priorities, flood relief, fiscal responsibility and COVID-19.

    What experiences have prepared you for this elected position?

    I served in the state Senate for 18 years, 14 where I chaired the Senate Education and Senate Agriculture committees. As an education reformer, I sponsored successful legislation that produces more than $1.1 billion dollars in property tax relief. As Ag Chair we focused on ag diversity and value-added agriculture which resulted in more than a 500% increase in gross state agriculture products. As a business and community leader, I bring the right experience to the Senate. I am not just a good listener, but one who can boldly and strategically navigate passage of legislation to improve North Dakota.     

    Merrill Piepkorn (D) - Senate Merrill Piepkorn (D) - Senate

    If elected, what are your top three priorities and what relation do they have to business?

    Three of my top priorities are: 

    1-Workforce attraction and retention.  In addition to providing training for jobs that are being created in our area, we must improve wages benefits and other considerations, (family leave for example) that appeal to today’s young workforce.

    2-Invest in our Research Universities that are creating business opportunities for the future

    3-Continue ongoing support for the Red River Diversion      

    Why are you running for this elected position?

    I have served one term and two legislative sessions, establishing solid relationships with government agencies and other legislators. It takes a while to establish and build on these relationships and I’d like to build on them, allowing me to lobby more effectively for issues regarding my district, city, county as well as issues affecting the state.

    What experiences have prepared you for this elected position? 

    As a small business owner, I am familiar with the mechanics of running a business.  Also, during this pandemic it was very satisfying to guide businesses in my district through the process of accessing tools available to keep their businesses afloat.  Our economy depends on small businesses in ND.  As State Senator, I’m in a position to help develop and retain businesses in my district and state.

    Josh Boschee (D) - House Josh Boschee (D) - House

    Website - http://joshuaboschee.com
    Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/JoshuaBoschee44
    Twitter - @JoshBoschee
    Instagram - http://www.instagram.com/joshuaboschee/
    Campaign Email - joshuaboschee@gmail.comCampaign Phone - (701) 367-3513

     

    If elected, what are your top three priorities and what relation do they have to business?

    Education is at the forefront of the minds of my north Fargo neighbors. We need to not only continue our strong state support of K-12 education, which helps reduce property tax burdens on home and business owners, but also find ways to expand opportunities for early childhood education. Additionally, this crisis has magnified the need for affordable childcare to support families and employers, across industries. Finally, we should prioritize Legacy Fund’s earnings to help diversify our economy, enhance research at NDSU, identify ways to lift North Dakotans out of poverty & provide long-term financing for roads, bridges and water projects.

    Why are you running for this elected position?

    It’s been an honor to represent my north Fargo neighbors over the past eight years. I am running for another term because there is still work to be done to increase healthcare access and affordability, support education at all levels and diversify our state’s economy. The relationships I have established with the Governor and Majority Leaders provide me opportunities to continue being an advocate for the needs of Fargo and Cass County.

    What experiences have prepared you for this elected position?

    As the House Minority Leader, I have been at the table with the Governor and other legislative leaders as we have navigated the impacts of COVID-19. I have used that seat at the table to advocate for north Fargo residents trying to navigate new and existing programs. Over the past eight years, I have worked hard to be responsive to constituents who reach out during session and after, not just through email and phone calls, but also by holding over 20 public forums over the past four years alone.

    Karla Rose Hanson (D) - House Karla Rose Hanson (D) - House

    Website:  karlarosehanson.com|
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/karlarosehanson44
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/karlarosehansonCampaign email:  karla@karlarosehanson.com

     

    If elected, what are your top three priorities and what relation do they have to business?

    My top priorities represent the issues that are most important to my north Fargo neighbors. I support high-quality education at every level to prepare our future workforce; affordable and accessible heath care so ND workers are healthy and productive; and funding & bonding for infrastructure projects like roads, bridges and water projects to support commerce and provide local entities some relief on property taxes and specials. I also support a research fund for our universities to help further diversify our economy and create more jobs; I co-sponsored this bill in 2019 and will continue to advocate for its passage.

    Why are you running for this elected position?

    I am running for re-election to the legislature simply because there is more to do – especially now, due to the pandemic. I’ll share three examples. We’ve made strides to improve the behavioral health crisis in our state, but gaps still remain with youth services and addiction treatment and we still have an unacceptably high rate of suicide. We’ve passed policies to help keep our rural hospitals open, but too many families struggle to pay for premiums and prescription drugs. We’ve made ND attractive for business, but we need to do more to attract and retain young people and families.

    What experiences have prepared you for this elected position?

    My experiences owning a communications business and working as a leader for a global corporation based in Fargo (Microsoft / Great Plains Software) help me understand the needs of businesses in North Dakota and how policy affects them. Additionally, my experiences in the private and public sectors related to collaboration and communication are critical assets as a legislator. I have built broad coalitions on several bills, bringing together legislators and stakeholders to help craft workable solutions. Strong two-way communication is also necessary; I make it a priority to listen to my constituents and keep them updated on legislative happenings.

    Scott Wagner (R) - House Scott Wagner (R) - House

    Website: www.wagnerndhouse.com
    Facebook Page: Wagner for ND House
    Email:  WagnerHouse44@gmail.com

     

    If elected, what are your top three priorities and what relation do they have to business?

    I’ll focus on pro-growth initiatives that strengthen our economy, balancing the budget without raising taxes, and efficient use of our tax dollars. North Dakota needs to continue to foster a good business climate by keeping taxes low and stable.  State services need to be delivered in an effective and efficient manner. We need to continue diversifying our primary sector, which brings new wealth into our state and fuels the rest of our economy. As a former county commissioner and GFMEDC executive board member, I championed policies that helped make our local economy the envy of the nation.

    Why are you running for this elected position?  

    I entered this race because I believe deeply in North Fargo and our state, its citizens, and its future.  We are lucky to live in a great city, in a great state, in the greatest country in the world.  It is incumbent on each of us to do whatever is necessary to keep our state moving forward.  The stakes are very high in this election.  We face many challenges in the years to come.  How we respond to these challenges will determine the type of state we leave to future generations. 

    What experiences have prepared you for this elected position?

    As a 31-year small business owner and former three-term Cass County commissioner, I have the right experience and background to make a positive impact in our state legislature. During my time as county commissioner, Cass County maintained low stable tax rates, year in and year out. I also served on numerous state and national boards to strengthen county government while testifying at the state legislature on key local and statewide issues. As an elected official, I fostered collaboration with surrounding jurisdictions, streamlined government operations and enhanced core services. If elected, I’d like to bring that common-sense philosophy to Bismarck. 

  • District 46

  • District 46 Candidate Forum
  • Terri Hedman (D) - Senate Terri Hedman (D) - Senate

    State Senate Candidate District 46  www.terrihedman.com
    terrihedman@gmail.com

     

    If elected, what are your top three priorities and what relation do they have to business?

    • Education. Specifically support for teachers. Without strong schools and teachers, communities will weaken and businesses will not thrive.
    • Healthcare. The cost and disparities in healthcare are a burden to business owners as well as the leading cause of bankruptcy in the United States (American Journal of Public Health, March 2019).
    • Workforce. We need to fund and implement training programs to provide opportunities for people who are facing loss of employment or under-employment.

    Why are you running for this elected position?

    • I got into the race to support teachers and then the pandemic happened. My healthcare experience is needed now more than ever. The current political climate needs improving. I can contribute to shared leadership across parties. I am at a place in my life when I am able to step up and serve.

    What experiences have prepared you for this elected position?

    • I am a registered nurse with 37 years of experience in Critical Care, Oncology, Leadership, and Education. I have a Master’s Degree in Strategic Leadership.
    • As someone who has taught people how to budget and facilitated Financial Peace University, I am budget conscious when it comes to my home, church, and work. I am skilled at leading people with varying opinions and model strategies for consensus building. I will treat all people with respect.

    Jim Roers (R) - Senate Jim Roers (R) - Senate

    If elected, what are your top three priorities and what relation do they have to business?

    My top three priorities have always been workforce, higher education, and funding the FM Diversion and maintaining its water supply. Our community and businesses need to ensure they have a trained and highly educated workforce to staff our jobs. I have supported the Career Workforce Academy and am eager to support other legislation that would help recruit and train qualified workers.  We also need the stability and reduced insurance premiums that comes with the water supply.

    Why are you running for this elected position?

    I was elected in 2016 to the State Senate and have really enjoyed my position. I serve on the Industry, Business, and Labor committee and the Energy and Natural Resources committee. I was appointed by the Governor to the Unemployment Insurance Advisory Council and serve as Chair as the High-Level Radioactive Waste Advisory Council.

    My businesses are so successful thanks to the support of this community. I want to show my gratitude by helping guide our state budget using what I have learned in my decades of business. We need a business-friendly mind leading our budget.  

    What experiences have prepared you for this elected position?

    My years in business and the community, in addition to the four years I have already served, have prepared me. I can utilize my strengths, such as digging into the whys and hows of proposals the same way a CEO does. I am proud of the success of my businesses and I am proud of the way we can navigate highs and lows in the economy. I want to continue to take that mindset back to Bismarck as we deal with a budget shortfall. We should empower businesses to thrive, and they in turn will bring back our economy.

    Ben M. Hanson (D) - House Ben M. Hanson (D) - House

    www.benmhanson.com
    https://www.facebook.com/benmhansonfor46

     

    If elected, what are your top three priorities and what relation do they have to business?

    I am in this race as a father, so my priority is supporting the healthy development and education of our children. I will advocate for increased funding for pre-K/daycare, giving working families the assurance they will never have to choose between their careers and their family. I will advocate for paid family leave, protecting working families against medical emergencies that require a parent to miss work in order to care for their family. Both promote an engaged and loyal workforce employers can count on and use for recruiting. It’s also clear we need to diversify ND’s economy overall.

     

    Why are you running for this elected position?

    Two things: first and foremost, I was asked to run. I was asked to serve my neighbors and help fill out a strong Dem-NPL ticket here in District 46. Second, I have two young boys and I want them (and their friends) to have more compassionate role models serving in public office whom they can look up to and respect. The current level of political discourse serves nobody but those in power and certainly doesn’t provide much in the way of inspiration for future generations to one day step up and run.

    What experiences have prepared you for this elected position?

    At a time when the elected so poorly resembles the electorate, I feel well qualified to represent my neighbors, as I am an average citizen facing many of the same challenges as most working families in my district. I am familiar with having to scramble to find and afford daycare. I am familiar with the dread of opening my medical bills. I am familiar with the anxiety parents are experiencing regarding Covid0-19. In most all key demographics, I am precisely representative of District 46 residents

    Ben W. Hanson (D) - House Ben W. Hanson (D) - House

    email: hanson.ben@gmail.com
    phone: 701.405.4371
    website: https://benhansonfornd.com/ social media: https://www.facebook.com/HansonForND/

     

    If elected, what are your top three priorities and what relation do they have to business?

    -Modernization: No business would ever set a budget every other year-right now that’s what our government does. The budget process should be more dexterous responding to changing circumstances and needs. 

    -Increase transparency: We have a convoluted set of funds that the average North Dakotan doesn’t hear much about. The process needs to be demystified and brought to the people with online committee hearings and better outreach.

    -COVID 19 response: safety in state government, including remote meeting capacity, is needed to pass a 2021 budget. Workers/business owners deserve to feel like they will be able to continue to earn steady incomes.

    Why are you running for this elected position?

    I view public service as a requirement for all citizens in a democracy. That doesn’t always mean serving in elected office but in my case I feel I can bring a dedicated work ethic, experience and understanding of how North Dakota state government works and a sense of innovation to the current budgetary process.

    What experiences have prepared you for this elected position?

    I served in the North Dakota State House from 2012 – 2016 on the Industry, Business and Labor, Transportation and Energy Development and Transmissions Committees. Additionally I am the former President of Fargo Comex (the Fargo/Moorhead Association of Commercial Realtors), former chair of Government Relations for the North Dakota and South Dakota chapters of the International Council of Shopping Centers and of the Fargo-Moorhead Area Association of Realtors Government Affairs Committee. I have also served on the Fargo-Moorhead Homebuilders Association Public Issues Committee.    

    Jim Kasper (R) - House Jim Kasper (R) - House

    Social Media: Jim Kasper ND House District 46
    Website: jimkasperforhouse.com

     

    If elected, what are your top three priorities and what relation do they have to business?

    Balancing the budget, in regards to the looming deficit caused by COVID-19. Helping struggling businesses ""right the ship" and continue to survive and thrive.

    Why are you running for this elected position?

    As my legislative track record will denote, I have a long history of serving my district, my city, and my state. I am a passionate North Dakotan and view serving in the legislature as the way that I can have the most impact.

    What experiences have prepared you for this elected position?

    I believe that my experiences as a business owner and leader have prepared me well for serving in the North Dakota legislature. In alot of ways, running a state is much like running a business and requires experience, insight, and grit. I believe that I possess all of those traits!

    Shannon Roers Jones - (R) - House Shannon Roers Jones - (R) - House

    www.shannonroersjones.com
    shannon@shannonroersjones.com701-630-6746

     

    If elected, what are your top three priorities and what relation do they have to business? 

    Funding the Diversion: The FMWF area is the economic engine of the state.  The uncertainty that comes from flooding, and the economic drain that come with putting homes in the floodplain need to be prevented so the economy can grow.  Career Workforce Academy: To develop our talented young people locally where they are most likely to remain to work and raise their families.  Continuing my work in criminal justice reform and working to build relationships between law enforcement and the community:  Reform reduces taxes and creates workforce, while community building helps those at risk find the resources to be successful.

    Why are you running for this position?

    I want to ensure that North Dakota remains an economic leader, and a place where families thrive.  I want to accomplish this by growing a vibrant, diverse economy that will withstand market changes, and streamlining the government so it runs effectively and efficiently, which includes controlling spending, reducing taxes, and eliminating burdensome regulations. 

    What experiences have prepared you for this elected position? 

    I’ve always been immersed in the business community.  I started at Roers when I was thirteen and have been involved in construction, development, and real estate my entire life.  For the past several years I have owned and operated my own small businesses.  This helps me understand the challenges businesses face, as well as how to balance a budget.  I now have four years of experience in the legislature that has created many opportunities to work with people from all walks of life to learn about issues that affect our community to create the best solutions for our state.  

  • District 1

  • Lydia Tackett - Cass County Commission Lydia Tackett - Cass County Commission

    Contact info: info@lydiatackett.com

    If elected, what are your top three priorities and what relation do they have to business?

    1. Addressing the workforce shortage: Economic growth in Cass is hindered by our persistent workforce shortage, and wages are too low to overcome the costs of living.
    2. Sustainable development projects: Environmental hazards drive up costs of doing business and homeownership, and so projects like the F-M diversion are critical for future economic growth
    3. Supporting diverse communities in Cass: To grow economically, Cass must attract new families to come and put down roots. A community that is welcoming to diverse people is one that will grow and maintain a diverse economy for the future.

    What do you believe the county’s role is in COVID-19 recovery efforts for our communities?

    The county commission can make strategic, short-term investments into key areas to avoid prolonging the economic recession. For example, childcare certification is still a major problem in Cass and could be an important economic revenue source for parents and allow working families to keep their jobs who lack daytime childcare/school options. Another example. many college graduates are looking for part-time local work while residing with their parents - we should pay the small transcript fee for substitute teacher certification. These examples are inexpensive but address economic issues in targeted, multi-faceted ways, and we can find these solutions by talking to more working people.

    What do you believe to be the biggest issue the county faces? If elected to the commission, in what ways would you work to address it?

    The workforce shortage is the biggest issue because it reflects several persistent, underlying contributing factors: low wages, lack of affordable housing, high costs of childcare, and increased cost of living. It is a complicated problem, but I believe that we can improve the conditions for working families and encourage people not just to move to Cass but that they desire to stay and put down roots and invest in our community. As a county commissioner, I will use data-driven planning strategies combined with aggressively seeking out community input to make policy recommendations.

    Why are you running for this elected position?

    I am running for this position because I think the commission needs a new voice with stronger connections to working people.  I see a lack up upward mobility that results in significant workforce losses in Cass and a phenomenon of “shallow roots”. We need to hear from the communities that are not being included in economic discussions so that we know where more investment is needed and to make smarter recommendations - that is something I am passionate about and I know how to bring those voices to the table.

    What experiences have prepared you for this elected position?

    As a researcher and educator, I have experience with maximizing output based on expenses (executing my research grants), collaborating, taking and responding to criticism, communicating goals and plans to a wide community, and (most importantly) finding solutions to very complicated problems. Utilizing creative approaches to problem-solving is a skill, and one that will be sorely needed in the coming year. The most crucial tools I use are data analysis and communication with stake-holders, and that is how I approach county issues. 

  • District 3

  • Jim Kapitan - Cass County Commission Jim Kapitan - Cass County Commission

    If elected, what are your top three priorities and what relation do they have to business?

    • Education/Career Workforce Academy, being proposed by the North Dakota State College of Science and supported by the cities of Fargo and West Fargo along with many school districts in Cass County.
    • Business Expansion, Cass County to be more involved with the City in approving the TIF and PILOT programs. These programs have shown to be very beneficial to the economic growth of the City. To date the County has been somewhat reluctant to approve most of these programs.
    • FM Diversion Project, I would work hard to see the completion of this project. I also want a fair and equitable price paid to those that are forced to sell their property for the Diversion.

    What do you believe the county’s role is in COVID-19 recovery efforts for our communities?

    To abide by the directives given out by the CDC and State. The county however does not have jurisdiction over the other cities and townships. They can only suggest.  The pandemic could cause some budget problems which may necessitate to ask departments to look at their budget and cut were necessary.  Also the jail which is at its capacity now has to be extra aware of COVID-19 so as to prevent the spreading of the disease amongst the inmates and staff.

    What do you believe to be the biggest issue the county faces? If elected to the commission, in what ways would you work to address it?

    The biggest issue as I see it is the FM Diversion.  There are still a lot of folks that think its not necessary.  A lot of people being forced to sell feel that they are getting the run around by the appraisal firm and not getting a fair value for their property.  Somehow we have to overcome this problem, be up front about everything and convince people that it is the best for everyone.

    Why are you running for this elected position?

    I have been asked by many people to consider running, with my background in emergency management, real estate and administration they felt it would be a perfect fit.

    I have seen two commissioners now that have violated the Cass County Home Rule Charter by running past the 12 year limit and the other commissioners turn a blind eye to that because others may want to do the same thing.

    I have been somewhat of a public servant my entire life and would like to continue doing something that I enjoy. I would be a commissioner for Cass County in its entirety not just District 3.

    What experiences have prepared you for this elected position?

    23 years with the City of Fargo Assessor's Office as its Principle Real Estate Appraiser

    18 years as the Manager of Hector Airport

    1 year as the Fargo Human Resource Director

    8 years as a Fargo Park Board Commissioner and its President twice

    38 years in the USAFR and North Dakota Air National Guard as the Commander of the Disaster Preparedness and Security Police Squadrons

    3 years as an instructor for Homeland Security after 911

    16 years as the State Public Assistance Coordinator for North Dakota during Presidential Disaster declarations,

    and being the chairperson or president of just about every organization the City of Fargo offers.

    Ken Pawluck - Cass County Commission Ken Pawluck - Cass County Commission

    Campaign social media site: www.facebook.com/kenpawluk.9
    Campaign email: kpawluk@aol.com

    If elected, what are your top three priorities and what relation do they have to business?

    (1)  To continue the construction and completion of the FM Diversion. The cost of mandatory flood insurance and flood fighting efforts without the diversion will cost taxpayers more than we will pay for the diversion

    (2) To continue the County and State recovery from the Covid 19 pandemic. More on this in 2. below.

    (3) To limit the growth of property taxes.  If we budget properly, there is more than enough money to operate local government without raising the mill levy rate with all of the new construction and increased valuations.

    What do you believe the county’s role is in COVID-19 recovery efforts for our communities?

    The county’s role is to keep the public safe and keep our county staff safe.  During the pandemic, the county continues to offer all county services: courts, states attorney, recorder, coroner, sheriff, jail, and many more departments. Some see clients by appointment, some do virtual meetings, and others have managed to keep staff and public safe in their daily operation. The elections coordinator has a plan to safely allow in person voting. Many departments are working from home. The County has daily involvement with Cass Public Health.

    What do you believe to be the biggest issue the county faces? If elected to the commission, in what ways would you work to address it?

    The biggest issue Cass County faces right now is the pandemic, because of its impact on the health of our people, and its impact on the local economy and jobs. I will work to ensure that the county continues its partnership with Cass Public Health and the Fargo Cass County Economic Development Corporation. We have a strong economic base, and we all want to get back to normal as quickly as possible. I will work to make sure we are taking smart steps at the county level to achieve that, restoring economic demand while keeping our people safe.

    Why are you running for this elected position?

    I want to see the FM Diversion to its completion.  I have always made a commitment to public service and serving on the County Board suits me. I know the job and am a good steward for the residents of Cass County. In thirteen years of passing county budgets, I have only increased taxes one time, in 2010, to aid recovery from the 2009 flood.

    What experiences have prepared you for this elected position?

    I have a lifetime of paying property taxes. I have run a successful multistate small business, Pawluk Champion Auto. I have farmed for eight years. I served 25 years as a board member or Chair of the Municipal Airport Authority during Hector’s meteoric rise in boardings and facility expansion. I know the County’s roads, bridges, drains, and townships. My 13 years as a sitting County Commissioner in the best run County in North Dakota have given me the experience to make tough decisions and expectations of the outcome.

  • District 5

  • Mary Scherling - Cass County Commission Mary Scherling - Cass County Commission

    If elected, what are your top three priorities and what relation do they have to business?
    Permanent flood protection and proactive water management, public safety, healthy growth and affordable housing. Not only is permanent flood protection crucial to individual homeowners, but to the local economy and businesses as well.

    What do you believe the county’s role is in COVID-19 recovery efforts for our communities?
    It is critical to continue to provide essential services without driving up property taxes, provide a safe environment for clients and employees, and work as a partner with the local Covid task team to identify ways to minimize spread and keep businesses open. Keeping schools open is an important part of the solution.

    What do you believe to be the biggest issue the county faces? If elected to the commission, in what ways would you work to address it?
    It’s easy to forget while the last flood is in our rearview mirror but we are always just one spring away from what could be devastation. The recent pandemic is an example of what could go wrong during a sandbag flood flight. As the immediate past chair of the FM Diversion I will continue to seek additional funding for the project with state and federal partners to get it completed on time and on budget.

    Why are you running for this elected position?
    It’s been an honor to serve Cass County citizens these past eight years. I appreciate the opportunity to give back to my community and enjoy the challenge. I hope that I inspire others to seek public office one day. In this contentious atmosphere, it’s more important than ever for qualified, fair minded people to step up and serve.

    What experiences have prepared you for this elected position?
    As a real estate broker, an experience negotiator and problem solver. I work to find solutions for the common good. I understand the complexities of North Dakota’s most populous county and balancing the needs of both rural and urban residents. As chair of the FM Diversion, I’ve worked tirelessly to secure permanent flood prot3ection. I’ve chaired the Cass County Commission, the first woman to chair the Red River Basin Commission, International Red River Board, County Flood Sales Tax committee chair, Cass Social Services board, Fargo Planning commissioner and NDACo board director. My experience will serve well in the coming years.


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  • District 4

  • Edwin Hahn (R) - House Edwin Hahn (R) - House

    www.wewinwithedwin.com
    edwinforhouse@gmail.com

    (218) 686-3970

    If elected, what are your top three priorities and what relation do they have to business? 

    a. Being a champion for Moorhead – growing local business – restaurants & community recreation

    b. Innovation in education – uplifting our youth

    c. Advancing downtown, our roads & underpass

    Why are you running for this position? 

    I believe, together, we will build Moorhead out of the shadow of Fargo and bring forth our full potential. Moorhead needs a strong voice in St. Paul, someone familiar with public safety, taxation, business, infrastructure, and social issues. I was invited to run by our community because of my successful track record and to bring forth change the community is asking for – not my own personal agenda. Listening to our community, a number of concerns have been expressed over and over without change happening. I am your representative who listens, collaborates, and takes action for all voices in our community.

    What experiences have prepared you for this elected position? 

    I’ve been a strong voice for Greater Minnesota, I’ll do it again. Being a city councilman in Thief River Falls allowed me to understand the challenges of Greater Minnesota vs. Metro. With that understanding, I was successful in telling our story in St. Paul, growing business, building affordable housing units, adapting dilapidated roads, and creating beautiful walking paths for residents to enjoy. As your public servant, we will get policy and projects approved and completed in a timely manner, show Metro how it’s done, and then give someone else the opportunity to serve.

  • District 1

  • Jenn Kahly - Clay County Commission Jenn Kahly - Clay County Commission

    If elected, what are your top 3 priorities and how do they relate to business? 

    Affordable housing- Business owners and quality employees are leaving the county because it’s become too expensive to live here. Seniors are also leaving the county, which adds strain to families. Budget-friendly, short commute options are better for business.  

    Childcare- quality, safe, affordable childcare allows parents to be effective and productive employees and entrepreneurs

    Mental Healthcare- If employees and business owners are struggling and not getting the support and resources they need they will be less productive, have more sick days, and businesses across the board will suffer.

    In short, strong healthy families grow strong healthy businesses. 

    What do you believe the county’s role is in COVID-19 recovery efforts? 

    The County needs to prioritize supporting small businesses, childcare, public health, and mental healthcare. We should also be working on retention of quality county employees and reconsidering how to offer services to make them safer to access in this new climate. The board has already taken many good strides toward these aims and I would work to strengthen those efforts.

    What do you believe to be the biggest issue the county faces? In what ways would you work to address it? 

    Increased rates of mental health concerns for all ages: The commission has begun some great first steps with walk-in mental health clinic services at The Village. This is paid by the Cares Act and funded through 12/9/2020. I would like to see us work to find a way to carry that into 2021 if it proves to be an utilized service. We also need to work with leaders in our New American, Black, Indigenous and other communities to reduce the stigma of accessing these services for all ages and genders.

    Why are you running for this elected position? 

    As a public librarian I have regularly connected people in our community with services they need to live better lives. Working for our citizens as a Commissioner would allow me to expand on those efforts, impacting more members of our community. I would have the opportunity to ensure the services they need most are there when they are needed. I believe firmly as Paul Wellstone put it, “We all do better when we all do better.”

    What experiences have prepared you for this elected position? 

    Public Librarian, 12 years

    Member of Clay County Early Childhood Initiative, 8 years

    Mom, who has utilized county services for her family

    Various boards and committees related to libraries, young children, community engagement, etc.

  • Moorhead City Council Candidate Q&A
  • Ward 1

  • Alexa Dixson-Griggs - Moorhead City Council Alexa Dixson-Griggs - Moorhead City Council

    http://www.alexaforward1.com
    alexa_dixson@yahoo.com
    (218)-585-1862

    If elected, what are your top three priorities and what relation do they have to business?

     -Increase access to housing options that are affordable and dignified. When Moorhead’s residents can live in a positive environment of their choosing they can be more engaged and productive members of the community.

    -Increase support for small businesses. Support from the city and increased awareness of the benefits of owning a business in Moorhead will create a place where residents can work and play within.

    -Be an advocate for the residents of Ward 1 and the constituents of Moorhead throughout city-wide decisions. Transparency and communication are the best way to create inclusive and equitable environments for the residents of Moorhead.

    Why are you running for this elected position?

    I was asked to run for this position by a few different individuals and decided to throw my name in the ring because I truly believe I am a great advocate. I do not claim to have all of the answers or solutions to all of Moorhead’s issues but I do have years of experience listening and fighting to raise the voice of others. I believe my passion to advocate for others is exactly what is needed within the city council.

    What experiences have prepared you for this elected position?

    I have experience working alongside non-profits, government agencies, law enforcement, local businesses, and community members to advocate for those experiencing homelessness, addiction, mental health issues, and poverty for the last 5 years. I am on the Moorhead Public Housing Agency Board of Directors and I am an appointed member of the Department of Human Services Performance Council where I evaluate and provide feedback to county agencies throughout the state of MN. All of my experiences have been advocating for others and creating a community where all residents can thrive. I plan to bring these skills to the city council.

    Matthew Gilbertson - Moorhead City Council Matthew Gilbertson - Moorhead City Council

    Website. gilbertsonformoorheadcouncil.com
    Facebook. @MattGilbertson4moorheadCouncil
    Instagram. Mattgilbertson4moorheadcouncil
    email. gilbertson4moorheadcouncil@gmail.com

    If elected, what are your top three priorities and what relation do they have to business?

    My top three priorities are economic development, leveling the playing field in construction codes and policies with our neighbors, and helping lead us into the future. One of the main challenges during these difficult times will be to continue to operate a tight budget and reduce expenses and capital expenditures. Local and state revenues are being impacted negatively and it is hard to predict how long they will last. We need to make it more affordable and bring more business and residential construction to Moorhead, now more than ever, in order to keep expanding our economic development.

    Why are you running for this elected position?

    I am running to represent the residents of Ward 1. As a lifelong resident and business owner in Moorhead, I share a lot in common with the people here and have spent most of my life living in Ward 1. Moorhead in general has a strong sense of community, but it is especially apparent in Ward 1. Northsiders have passion for their city, and favor transparency and accountability. When elected, I will bring these same characteristics to the council and be a powerful voice for my neighbors.  

    What experiences have prepared you for this elected position?

    After finishing my education, I moved home to start a business and am a founder and past president in two non profit organizations. I helped start the Scott Tobolt Foundation and the Moorhead Lacrosse Booster Club to help the youth of Moorhead. The foundation was formed as a memorial golf tournament and we just celebrated the 17th annual. The money raised from the tournament provides hockey equipment to young Moorhead Youth Hockey participants. MLBC was instrumental in the start up of Spud lacrosse in the spring of 2019. If elected, I will bring passion, leadership and accountability to the council.

    Ryan T. Jensen - Moorhead City Council Ryan T. Jensen - Moorhead City Council

    ryan@jensen4mhd.com
    https://Jensen4Mhd.com
    https://Facebook.com/Jensen4Mhd

    https://Twitter.com/Jensen4Mhd

    If elected, what are your top three priorities and what relation do they have to business?

    First, rejuvenate the relationship between the public and police through greater transparency, accountability, and trust.  Second, ensure all community voices are heard and viewpoints are considered in planning for the future.  Third, get Moorhead to 100% carbon free and renewable energy use.  By shaping a Moorhead where its residents and visitors feel safe, that works for all citizens, and that responsibly cares for the environment we can create a business climate that is secure, welcoming, and prepared for the future.

    Why are you running for this elected position?

    I am passionate about the “Think Globally, Act Locally” philosophy and I believe that through local government, we can best ensure that the rights and lives of all citizens can be honored and protected.  I consider my community to be an extension of my family, and just like I strive for the best for my family, I will always do what I believe is best for Moorhead.  I am very proud to be from Moorhead, and I have a strong desire to ensure that everyone can feel the same.

    What experiences have prepared you for this elected position?

    My diverse background as a small business owner, public servant, and corporate leader have uniquely qualified me to approach issues facing the city from multiple viewpoints.  I understand the often conflicting priorities of multiple stakeholders and can mediate among them to arrive at a solution that is beneficial to all.  I am well versed in crisis management and have proven experience in working with multiple public and private entities simultaneously in fluid situations.

    Quindlynn Overland - Moorhead City Council Quindlynn Overland - Moorhead City Council

    1305 14th St N
    Moorhead Mn 56560
    (701)630-2987
    overlandq@gmail.com

    If elected, what are your top three priorities and what relation do they have to business?

    If elected my top three priorities are: building up our community in a way that allows it to stand strong against environmental and economic challenges, having out community grow in a way that is ecologically sustainable and gives back to the environment, and encouraging small, local businesses in Moorhead which will grow diversity and strengthen our community

    Why are you running for this elected position?

    I am running for this elected position because I have a strong desire to help people in any way I can, and this is another way I feel I can help people in my community, by listening to them and helping make the city an ideal place for them to live and work.

    What experiences have prepared you for this elected position?

    Most of the experience I think will help me running for city council are more unorthodox. I have helped run Ruby’s Pantry and distribute food to hundreds of residents, I’ve worked with children from Churches United Homeless Shelter and started a small LLC in Moorhead for teaching CPR. This has given me plenty of time to talk and share experiences with the people and leaders of Moorhead and has helped me grow into a strong individual able to help and lead for stronger community.

    Kristine A. Thompson - Moorhead City Council Kristine A. Thompson - Moorhead City Council

    Website: https://thompsonforcitycouncil.com/
    Facebook link: https://www.facebook.com/ThompsonForCityCouncil/
    Email address: Kristine.Thompson.MN@Gmail.com

    If elected, what are your top three priorities and what relation do they have to business?

    My top 3 priorities are: 1) support for the 11th St grade separation which is necessary for safety, traffic congestion and access to businesses on the First Ave. N corridor and downtown; 2) getting Moorhead to 100% renewable energy use; and 3) work toward revitalizing downtown and in the process, make decisions regarding City Hall and Center Mall that are good for business growth.

    Why are you running for this elected position?

    I see opportunities for creative solutions to meeting the challenges facing our city. We need to create a climate that is good for growth by partnering with public and private entities to develop a workforce that can fill the needs of Moorhead businesses. This means addressing the social and economic needs and disparities of our city residents. Basic needs must be met. I believe I have the experience and willingness to have tough conversations around human rights issues that have emerged and which must be resolved through open and honest communication between policy makers and residents.

    What experiences have prepared you for this elected position?

    I have a history of public service. I served on the Moorhead School Board from 1998-2013. During that time we built new and remodeled existing structures to make the district run more efficiently. Housing developments now surround these new schools.  I currently chair the Moorhead Public Service Commission. I have worked to keep Moorhead’s energy and water costs competitive. During my tenure on both, I have worked to balance budget priorities with what is beneficial for city residents.

  • Ward 2

  • Laura Caroon - Moorhead City Council Laura Caroon - Moorhead City Council

    Lauraformoorhead.com
    @lauraformoorhead
    lauraformoorhead@gmail.com

    If elected, what are your top three priorities and what relation do they have to business?

    1. Advocating for women and families. Empowering women has always been a focus of mine, and being on city council helps me give voice to the concerns of women as leaders, business owners, employees, caretakers and influencers in this community.
    2. Telling a more compelling story for the city. Folks who live here know that Moorhead is an amazing place to live and work, and we need to do a better job telling and marketing that story regionally and nationally.
    3. Supporting entrepreneurs and making Moorhead a more attractive and supportive place to start and grow a business.  

    Why are you running for this elected position?

    When I moved to Moorhead to attend Concordia College, I never expected I would fall in love with this community the way that I have. But 18 years later, my family and I are so proud to call Moorhead our home.

    And that’s why I am running.

    Moorhead has given us so much, and I’m grateful for the opportunity to give back and serve on our City Council. I’m excited to build on Moorhead’s incredible momentum and keep moving our city forward together!

    What experiences have prepared you for this elected position?

    I have been a #MoorheadProud resident for 18 years. I am a homeowner in a growing Moorhead neighborhood, and I am engaged in Moorhead Public Schools as a parent of an elementary school student.

    As a co-founder of Ladyboss Midwest, I connect with influencers in the community to ask the tough questions and bring the challenges women are facing to light. I have also worked in higher education to attract young people to move to Moorhead, and I have experience as a small business owner here.

    As a council member, I will draw from all of these perspectives and experiences.

  • Ward 3

  • Larry Seljevold - Moorhead City Council Larry Seljevold - Moorhead City Council

    If elected, what are your top three priorities and what relation do they have to business?

    Business follows people. If you provide a great place to live, business will come in to provide the service or goods. I believe we need to enhance our parks, work with the United Way to strengthen neighborhoods, and provide a tax break for remodeling homes.

    Why are you running for this elected position?

    I have used the phrase, "we need to improve what we have" quite a bit. Sometimes Moorhead has to think like a suburb surrounded by other cities, you cannot expand, you can only improve on what you have. That is what I want Moorhead to do.

    What experiences have prepared you for this elected position?

    During my forty years in education, I have taught in the highest and lowest socioeconomic neighborhoods in the metro area. You get to witness a variety of issues and the impact the city resources have on these neighborhoods. Those experiences have probably shaped my belief that we have to improve on what we have.

  • Ward 4

  • Dave Anderson - Moorhead City Council Dave Anderson - Moorhead City Council

    If elected, what are your top three priorities and what relation do they have to business?

    Moorhead needs to grow more aggressively, in pace with the entire metro area. We have a great place to live, raise a family, and get an excellent education. After school, however, choices are limited. To that end, we must welcome and nurture expanding and new businesses and employment opportunities.

    Downtown is poised to become a great place to live, work, play, and learn. It is the heart of Moorhead, and we must maintain our vibrant beating heart.

    We need to examine the relationship between the City and MPS, and begin to work more in alignment for our ratepayers and taxpayers.

    Why are you running for this elected position?

    Moorhead is and has been a terrific home for my family and me. Linda and I already have a record of service in the community and serving on the council is an opportunity to put my forty-plus years of business and public involvement to work at this leadership level. I’m no stranger to the processes of city government, so I am ready to get right to work.

    What experiences have prepared you for this elected position?

    My entire adult life has been spent in the community arena. I am probably best known in the area for my efforts to give a new life to our downtowns and, admittedly, this is a passion for me. That work required my knack for building relationships with others so that we can get things done. My recent work in healthcare administration further expanded those relationships across the region – relationships that I can put to work for the benefit of Moorhead, its residents & businesses. With many years of practice, I’m a pretty good listener and collaborator.

    Steve Lindaas - Moorhead City Council Steve Lindaas - Moorhead City Council

    Website: Steve Lindaas for Moorhead
    Facebook: Steve Lindaas for Moorhead
    Email: lindaasformoorhead@gmail.com

    If elected, what are your top three priorities and what relation do they have to business?

    Improving quality of life through access to green space, trails and urban gardening.  Addressing issues we face that affect our homes, businesses, roads, and recreation areas that are due to a changing climate and shifting weather patterns.  Working to expand housing choices for all residents.  Recognizing and addressing long-term planning challenges is fiscally responsible, and crucial from a development perspective.  We need guidelines to allow for sustainable development that will be viable now and into the future, and allow everyone to live, work and thrive in Moorhead.  These efforts, along with quality education provide the workforce that businesses need.

    Why are you running for this elected position?

    I want our Moorhead neighbors of all ages to be able to grow and thrive.  To do this we need to be a cohesive community that recognizes current and future challenges faced by our city, region, and state.  We have built a diverse community with talented, hard working people, and we are rightly proud of our rich history of being good neighbors.  We have challenging times ahead, and if we’re going to succeed we’ll need to work together as previous generations did. I want to plan for a community not just for us, but for our kids and grandkids.

    What experiences have prepared you for this elected position?

    My first year of service on the City Council has given me an appreciation for challenges and opportunities.  As a scientist, I know how to approach complex problems, break them into more manageable pieces, and find workable solutions.  As an educator, I listen to all people to identify issues and work towards understanding and meeting their needs. I embrace diversity and have experiences that allow me to solicit diverse ideas and abilities to address complex issues.  

  • Candidates on the Ballot

    NORTH DAKOTA

    President & Vice President of the United States

    • Joe Biden & Kamala Harris (D)
    • Jo Jorgensen & Jeremey “Spike” Cohen (L)
    • Donald Trump & Mike Pence (R)*

    Representative in Congress

    • Kelly Armstrong (R)*
    • Steven James Peterson (L)
    • Zach Raknerud (D)

    Governor & Lt. Governor

    • Shelley Lenz & Ben Vig (D)
    • Doug Burgum & Brent Sanford (R)*
    • DuWayne Hendrickson & Joshua Voytek (L)

    State Auditor

    • Joshua C Gallion (R)*
    • Patrick Hart (D)

    State Treasurer

    • Thomas Beadle (R)
    • Mark Haugen (D)

    Insurance Commissioner

    • Jon Godfread (R)*

    Public Service Commissioner

    • Casey D Buchmann (D)
    • Brian Kroshus (R)*

    Superintendent of Public Instruction (Non-Partisan)

    • Kirsten Baesler*
    • Brandt J Dick

     

    Legislative Races - One Senator and two House members will be elected.

    State Senate, District 16

    • Kari Breker (D)
    • David A Clemens (R)*

    State House, District 16

    • Hamida Dakane (D)
    • Ben Koppelman (R)*
    • Andrew Marschall (R)*
    • Tracey L Wilkie (D) 

    State Senate, District 22

    • Laetitia Hellerud (D)
    • Mark Weber (R)

    State House, District 22

    • Michael Howe (R)*
    • Jodi Meisch (D)
    • Brandy L Pyle (R)*
    • Will Thompson (D)

    State Senate, District 44

    • Tim Flakoll (R)
    • Merrill Piepkorn (D)*

    State House, District 44

    • Joshua A Boschee (D)*
    • Karla Rose Hanson (D)*
    • Scott Wagner (R) 

    State Senate, District 46

    • Terri Hedman (D)
    • Jim Roers (R)*

    State House, District 46

    • Ben M Hanson (D)
    • Ben W Hanson (D)
    • Jim Kasper (R)*
    • Shannon Roers Jones (R)*

    Cass County Commissioner (Non-Partisan)

    District 1

    • Chad Peterson*
    • Lydia Tackett

    District 3

    • Jim Kapitan
    • Ken Pawluk*

    District 5

    • Marty Johnson
    • Mary Scherling*

     

    MINNESOTA

    President & Vice President of the United States

    • Joe Biden & Kamala Harris (D)
    • Jo Jorgensen & Jeremy “Spike” Cohen (L)
    • Donald Trump & Mike Pence (R)*

    U.S. Senator

    • Jason Lewis (R)
    • Tina Smith (D)*

    Representative in Congress – District 7

    • Michelle Fischbach (R)
    • Collin C Peterson (D)*

    District 4 Legislators

    State Senate

    • Mark Larson (R)
    • Kent Eken (D)*

    State House – 4A

    • Edwin Hahn (R)
    • Heather Keeler (D)

    State House – 4B

    • Brian Anderson (R)
    • Paul Marquart (D)*

    Moorhead Council Members - One from each ward will be elected.

    Ward 1

    • Matthew Gilbertson
    • Ryan T. Jensen
    • Alexa Dixson-Griggs
    • Kristine A Thompson
    • Quindlynn Overland

    Ward 2

    • Laura Caroon

    Ward 3

    • Larry Seljevold*
    • John Bell

    Ward 4

    • Steve Lindaas*
    • Dave Anderson
    • Jeremiah Jones

    Clay County Commissioners

    District 1

    • Benjamin Hammer
    • Jenna Kahly

    District 2

    • Frank Gross*

    District 5

    • David Ebinger


    *indicates incumbent

    Note: Other races may be on your ballot for judgeships, district roles, school board and more. Check your state’s sample ballot for an accurate full listing of races (vote.nd.gov or myballotmn.sos.state.mn.us).