Candidates are vying for a variety of positions in the June 10 election in West Fargo and the surrounding communities of Harwood, Horace, Mapleton and Reiles Acres. Mayor, City Council and Park Board positions are up for grabs, all four-year terms.
In West Fargo, incumbents Brenda Warren and Mark Simmons and newcomer Mike Thorstad are each seeking two open city commission seats, while three candidates are vying for two open park board seats, incumbent Kathy Scully and challengers Chris Heise and Todd Rheault.
Seeking positions in Harwood are: Dennis Domier, Garry Roth and Mark Riley, for two City Council seats; Bill Rohrich, mayor; and Peter Meter, the only announced candidate for two Park Board spots; in Horace: Chad Pollert, Robert Hoffman and Sharon Hochhalter for two open city council seats; Donald Goerger, Grant Allex and Shane Walock for Mayor; and April Rohrer, Susan Sundlie and Todd Pillen, for three open positions on the park board; in Mapleton: Eric Hillman, Larry Dell and Rayburn Herbel, two open city council seats; Jeff Shirley and Mark Anderson for mayor; and John Warner and Rita Schmit, for three open park board spots. In Reile's Acres, Bill Huber, Steve Winterquist and Terry Miller are seeking the two open city council seats, while Jefferson Bey is running unopposed for mayor.
There are also three positions open on the West Fargo School Board, all four-year terms, with seven candidates seeking the posts, including incumbents Nancy Kruse and Troy Aswege, and newcomers Mark Bourdon, Ben Koppelman, Kay Kiefer, James Osmanski and Patti Stedman.
The primary ballot for West Fargo will also contain wording asking voters if the city should adopt Ordinance Number 803 which would prohibit smoking in bars, all parts of truck stops, and all public places rented to private parties, with a 'yes' vote meaning you approve the ordinance, and a 'no' vote meaning rejection.
Residents will also vote on if the city should publish the minutes of its governing body in the official city newspaper for the next four years; and on Cass County Measure No. 1, which asks if the county should be authorized to implement and collect a one half of one percent sales tax for 12 years to be used exclusively for the implementation of the growth plan for economic development as outlined in Resolution #2008-4.