Six candidates vie in District 13
Michael Halverson and Mary C. Tintes will be challenging incumbents Kim Koppelman and Alon Wieland for West Fargo's District 13 House of Representative seats in the North Dakota Legislature in the Tuesday, Nov. 2, General Election, while Sylvan Loegering will be vying against incumbent Judy Lee for the Senate seat. Lee, Koppelman and Wieland have been endorsed by the District 13 Republicans and Loegering, Halverson and Tintes by the District 13 Dem NPL-Party. All are four-year terms.
Koppelman was first elected to the House in 1994.
He chairs the Constitutional Revision Committee and for most of his legislative tenure, has also served on the Judiciary and Political Subdivisions Committee, vice chairing the Judiciary Committee in the 1999-2000 biennium; and from 2001-2004, served on the Appropriations Committee and the Budget Section.
In 2008, Koppelman was chairman of the Council of State Governments, the only national organization made up of all three branches of government in all 50 states.
Koppelman is a graduate of the Bowhay Institute for Legislative Leadership Development and the Toll Fellowship Program and has received awards and other recognition for his legislative service, including the prestigious Stueben Eagle leadership award.
For 25 years, Koppelman has also owned and operated Koppelman & Associates, an award-winning advertising, marketing, public relations agency, which is headquartered in West Fargo. He has served as an elder and chairman in his church, and has been involved in many other community activities.
First elected in 2002, Wieland is seeking his third term in the N.D. House.
He has served on the Human Services and Political Subdivisions committees and on the House Appropriations in the Human Services subsection for the last three sessions. He currently sits on the Long Term Care, Health and Human Services, Government Services, and Budget Section interim committees; and also serves on an appointed committee that is working with the Department of Corrections for the remodeling of the North Dakota Penitentiary.
Before serving in the North Dakota House, Wieland spent 20 years as a Cass County Commissioner. During his tenure on the commission, he served as chairman five times, sat on many boards and committees, and also served as President of the North Dakota County Commissioners Association, and the North Dakota Association of Counties.
Retired from the real estate sales and appraisal business, Wieland has been involved with a variety of community and civic endeavors, and has received numerous awards and recognition.
Lee, who is seeking her fourth Senate term, was also first elected in 1994.
She has been a member of the Human Services committee since that time, chairperson for the past nine years; and has served on both the Political Subdivisions and Government and Veterans Affairs committee.
Lee had the distinction of being elected to serve as president pro tempore of the Senate in 2007, presiding over senate business when the lieutenant governor was unavailable.
She has been recognized for her legislative work by the N.D. State Bar Association, N.D. Medical Association, ARC of N.D., National Federation of Independent Businesses, N.D. Township Officers Association, and Nurse Practitioners, among others; and has been active in the National Conference of State Legislatures, serving as national chair of the NCSL Health Committee in 2009. During her years of service, North Dakota has gained a national reputation as the safest state in America, due to aggressive efforts to strengthen the hand of law enforcement in dealing with sexual predators and those who wish to damage communities with illegal drugs.
Halverson has lived in West Fargo all his life.
His father, Ron Halverson, taught science at the high school and his mother, Carol, is office manager of the Speech Language Hearing Science Clinic at Moorhead State University of Minnesota.
Growing up in the West Fargo school system was a great experience for Halverson. He attended Westside Elementary and West Fargo Middle School, graduating from West Fargo High School in 1999.
He went on to attend Minnesota State University Moorehead where he earned a bachelor of science degree in communications.
While attending MSUM he worked in the service industry and later in the banking industry, and after graduating from MSUM continued working for State Bank & Trust in West Fargo from 2004-2007.
He is currently employed by NAVTEQ in Fargo where he is responsible for a team working on various high technology projects.
Tintes grew up on a family farm near Amenia and graduated from Central Cass High School in Casselton. After attending North Dakota State University, Fargo, she was co-owner of a manufacturing business in West Fargo for nearly 20 years. Following several years of work in the private and non-profit sector, Tintes is currently a licensed realtor, a public policy communications consultant and the Interim Executive Director of a N.D. non-profit organization.
Her extensive community volunteer involvement includes the North Dakota League of Women Voters, president of Cass County Democratic Women, chair of the MS Society's North Dakota Government Relations Committee, member of the North Dakota Women's Network, volunteer at United Blood Services of Fargo, and a long-time advocate for education, the arts, and disability rights.
Tintes is running for the House because she believes that from investment in early childhood education to quality of life for senior citizens, everyone has a right to demand more than just "good enough," reaffirming the need to invest responsibly in North Dakota today to insure a better future for everyone.
Loegering earned degrees in education at Ellendale and the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, and following six years of teaching high school math and science, built a career in sales management and in business ownership. He continues to work in sales, but is semi-retired.
He presently serves as volunteer coordinator for the N.D. Injured Workers Support Group, a group he helped organize in 2008 to help injured workers deal with WSI and to work for changes in North Dakota law so injured workers will get sure and certain relief.
Loegering's wife, Margaret, has worked in the West Fargo Public Schools since 1978, where five of their children graduated.
The Loegering family also had the honor of being declared West Fargo Catholic Family of the Year by the Knights of Columbus in 1988.
Most recently, Loegering has been a strong advocate for changes in workers compensation laws; and sees his candidacy as a means to be a more effective advocate for the working people of North Dakota.
There will be five precinct sites open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. for District 13 residents to vote: 13-01, Westside Elementary School, 945 7th Ave. E., any resident west of the Sheyenne River and north of 21st Avenue West; 13-02, West Fargo City Hall, 800 4th Ave. E., any resident east of the Sheyenne River, north of 13th Avenue, south of Main Avenue and west of 9th Street East; 13-03, Veterans Memorial Arena, 1201 7th Ave. E., any resident south of 13th Avenue, east of the Sheyenne River, north of Interstate 94 and west of 17th Street East; 22-07, Veterans Memorial Arena, 1201 7th Ave. E., any resident east of Center Street including Goldenwood Addition; 22-10, Shiloh Evangelical Free Church, 2200 Shiloh St., any resident south of Interstate 94, west to 15th Street West, East to 9th Street and south to 52nd Avenue; 27-02, Meadowridge Bible Chapel, 2198 2nd Ave. E., any resident south of Main Avenue, east of 17th Street East, north of 13th Avenue and Portions of District 27 are also included in West Fargo's legislative district, with West Fargo residents living in the Meadowridge Subdivision on the east side of the city voting in the district.
In the District 27 senate race Lee Myxter (D) is running against Spencer Berry (R). Myxter had served in the House but decided to run for the senate seat. In the House race, incumbent Randy Boehning and Thomas Beadle, both Republicans are on the ballot for the two house seats, along with democrat Tricia Kelly, who has moved from the state and is no longer actively campaigning.
District 45, which includes portions of Fargo north of 12th Avenue North and communities to the north including Harwood, Reiles Acres and North River, is seeing incumbent Tom Fiebiger (D) being challenged by republican Ron Sorvaag for the senate seat.
In the House race, incumbent Democrat Ed Gruchalla is vying for one of the two open seats, along with Republicans Joe Heilman and Andrew Marschall and Democrat Prairie Rose Seminole.
Besides local ballots, voters will cast party ballots for: United States Senator, John Hoeven, Tracy Potter or Keith Hanson; Representative in Congress, Earl Pomeroy or Rick Berg; Secretary of State, Cory Mock or Alvin Jaeger; Attorney General, Jeanette Boechler or Wayne Stenehjem; Agricultural Commissioner, Doug Geohring or Merle Boucher; Public Service Commissioner, Brad Crabtree, Joshua Voytek or Kevin Cramer; Tax Commissioner, Cory Fong, Richard Flattum-Riemers or Cynthia Kaldor.
Several individuals are also running unopposed on the no party ballot, with the only races with two contenders, the Director of the Garrison Diversion Conservancy, Roger Fenstad or Jon Lindgren; and for the official county newspaper, the Forum of Fargo Moorhead or the Cass County Reporter.
Three measures will also appear on the ballot with a 'yes' vote meaning approval and a 'no' vote meaning rejection. Constitutional Measure No. 1 pertains to the establishment of a legacy fund, involving oil and gas production; Initiated Measure No. 2 deals with fee killing of certain captive game animals; and County Measure 1 involves collection of a one-half cent sales tax for countywide flood protection.
To learn more about District 13 House and Senate candidates, turn to the special question and answer segment featured in this week's publication. Anyone wishing more information about their specific polling sites or any of the candidates or measures can visit the Cass County website at www.casscountygov.com to view the sample ballot that will apply to them respectively on election day.