Candidates are vying for a variety of positions in the June 8 Primary Election in West Fargo and the surrounding communities of Harwood, Horace, Mapleton and Reiles Acres.
In West Fargo, a number of four-year terms are up for grabs, including mayor, two city commission seats, three park board, and the municipal judgeship.
Candidates seeking respective positions are: Mayor - incumbent Rich Mattern, seeking his third term first elected in June of 2002, after serving four years as a city commissioner; present city commissioner Mike Thorstad, who has served on the board since 2008, and newcomer Peter Karl; City Commission - incumbent Lou Bennett, Richard Lewis, Duane Hanson and Duane Breitling; Park Board - incumbents Sharon Odegaard, Denise Johnson and Ken Zetocha, and Jeff McCracken; and for the municipal judgeship - Susan Bailey, who is running unopposed for her second term.
In Harwood, there are two open city council positions and four park board seats, with no incumbents opting to run again. In the Park Board race, only one candidate is publicly running, with the other three slots open to write-in candidates. Candidates making a bid include: City Council: Dana Peterson, Shirley Montgomery, Jeremiah Frisinger and Ross Puhr; and Park Board: Carol Grieve.
In Horace, two city council and two park board seats are open: Candidates seeking the posts are: City Council: Terry Heiden and Craig Hakanson, both incumbents, and David Fenelon; Park Board: Julie Dahlin and James Pearson, both incumbents.
In Reiles Acres there are two city council positions open. Candidates are: JoAnn Czerwinski, incumbent; Joe Sweeney, Josh Amundson, Jared Purdy and Aaron Olson.
In Mapleton, there are two open city council and three park board seats. Candidates include: City Council: Eric Hillman, Troy Nelson, Duane O'Marro, Jr., Kevin Hilscher, Mark Howlett, Barry Lund, and Dale Kartes; and Park Board: Denise Hanson, Jeff Hanson, and Patricia Warner, all incumbents.
There are also four positions open on the West Fargo School Board, all four-year terms, with 13 candidates seeking the posts, including incumbents Karen Nitzkorski and Angela Korsmo, and newcomers Mark Bourdon, Mark Akers, Rhonda Hawley, David Olson, Janel Simonson, Jenny Durbin, David Colter, Christine McDougall, Mark Sahli, Judy Kvaale, and Jason Loos.
There are no measures up for vote on any of the respective city ballots.
Polling times are 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. at all locations, except Horace, where the voting will take place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
In West Fargo, voting precincts for both the city and school election are: 13-01, Westside Elementary School, 945 7th Ave. W.; 13-02, West Fargo City Hall, 800 4th Ave. E.; 1303 and 2207, Veterans Memorial Arena, 1201 7th Ave. E.; 22-10, Shiloh Evangelical Free Church, 2200 Shiloh St.; and 2702, Meadow Ridge Bible Chapel, 2198 2nd Ave. E.
Voters in both Harwood and Reiles Acres will cast their ballots at the Harwood Community Center, 210 Freedland Dr.; while the polling site in Horace is the Horace Senior Center; and in Mapleton, at the Community Center.
West Fargo School District patrons will vote jointly with the Cass County election.
Last week, we profiled the candidates running for the West Fargo School Board. This week we are featuring those individuals running for the open West Fargo Mayor, City Commission and Park Board positions, in special question and answer profiles. Turn to pages 10 through 13 to learn more about the 2010 Primary Election candidates.