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Three announce candidacy for District 22 seats

John Lund, Keith Gohdes, and Allan Peterson, have been endorsed by the Democratic-NPL party to run for three seats in District 22 in the upcoming state elections. Gohdes and Peterson are seeking seats in the House of Representatives, while Lund has announced his candidacy for the North Dakota State Senate.

Keith Gohdes 

   Keith Gohdes is a lifelong resident of North Dakota. He attended school in Mapleton and graduated in 1967. Keith attended the University of North Dakota, and in 1971 graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in history and social studies.  The next year, he worked as a graduate teaching assistant in the history department. In 1991, Gohdes earned his master's degree in educational administration from NDSU. 

   Gohdes accepted his first teaching assignment in 1973 at the Klamath County System in Oregon where he taught social studies and coached three sports. He returned to North Dakota and accepted a teaching position at Buffalo and has taught social studies at Maple Valley High School for 34 years. Besides his teaching duties, he had coaching positions at the school for 30 years, retiring in 2005.

   In addition to his involvement with education, Gohdes is involved in community affairs. He is a lifelong member of the Canaan Moravian Church and has served on the board of elders. Gohdes was elected to the Central Cass board of education in 2005 and is currently serving as president of the board. He is also currently serving on the Durbin Township board of supervisors and a member of the Mapleton City Planning and Zoning Commission. 

Gohdes has been married to his wife, Mary, for 30 years, and has three grown daughters.

Gohdes is enthusiastic about politics; he understands the workings of the government; he is perceptive about people and situations and he has the dedication to serve the state well.

Allan Peterson 

Allan Peterson, Horace, has been endorsed by the Democrat-NPL party in District 22, as a candidate for the North Dakota House of Representatives. Peterson was a candidate for this position in the 2004 district election. 

Peterson's list of legislative priorities includes vitalizing education, ensuring health care, fair wage and worker protections and keeping agriculture in the hands of true farmers. He also sees how the state's non-profit organizations can be strengthened to do their work better. Peterson states that he has the qualification, motivation and life experiences that would serve the District and the state's citizens. 

Peterson earned a degree as doctor of veterinary medicine from the University of Minnesota, along with a post doctoral degree in veterinary microbiology and pathology.  In addition, he has done graduate work in statistics at NDSU.  Peterson's work experience includes employment as a faculty member in the Department of Veterinary Science at NDSU and as a research fellow in the veterinary college at the University of Minnesota. 

Peterson has been active in his community, having held numerous leadership positions with civic, church and non-profit organizations. Like the new governor of New York, he is a person who made the adjustments in his life that are necessary to manage successfully with vision impairment. 

Peterson and his wife, Judy, have lived in their home near Horace for the past 31 years and have three adult children. 

John Lund

John Lund, West Fargo, has been endorsed by District 22 to run for state Senate.  He is a graduate of Mayville State University with a degree in business administration and continued his post secondary education by completing a respiratory technology training program from St. Luke's School of Respiratory Care and NDSU.  Lund has 25 years of experience working in healthcare, including the last ten years as the co-owner of Precision Diagnostic Services, a clinical services company, and SleepEasy Therapeutics, a home medical equipment company.  During his career in healthcare he has been involved in multiple research projects, published scientific and professional articles, and delivered clinical lectures at local, state, national and international scientific meetings.  

 Lund has also served on a number of professional organization committees and has held office at state and national levels.  His business has been recognized by the Fargo-Moorhead Chamber as 2004 Entrepreneurial Business of the Year, it also received the Greater North Dakota Chamber of Commerce 2005 Entrepreneurial Spirit Award and 2005 U.S. Small Business Administration, North Dakota Small Business Person of the Year. 

His past community service includes serving on the council and as President of St. John Lutheran Church in Fargo, and he has been a volunteer Babe Ruth Baseball coach and FM Youth Football coach in West Fargo.  Lund is married to Linda, an elementary school teacher in West Fargo.  John and Linda have an adult son working as a farm hand in North Dakota, a daughter attending Minnesota State University Moorhead, a son who is a sophomore at West Fargo high school, and one grandson.

"I will serve the citizen's of Cass County in District 22 by listening to your concerns and representing your needs.  Specifically, I will advocate for state funding of K-12 education to maintain the quality of our public education while allowing for reductions in property taxes, support legislation that will address rising healthcare costs and maintain/increase healthcare access for our citizens.  I will also advocate for legislation that supports the economic growth of agriculture, energy and all sectors of our economy.  The future of North Dakota is bright, I look forward to working with the citizen's of Cass County and the state Senate to develop legislation that will meet the current and future needs of our great state."