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Voters will decide reps for West Fargo districts 13 and 45 on Nov. 6

When West Fargo voters go to the polls on Tuesday, Nov. 6, residents of two districts will also elect North Dakota House and Senate candidates from District 13 and District 45.

District 13 encompassses central West Fargo. District 45 includes parts of northern West Fargo, Reile's Acres, Fargo and Harwood.

In District 13, incumbent Republican Sen. Judy Lee is challenged by Democrat Carrie Leopold.

Incumbent Rep. Kim Koppleman hopes to be elected to one of two seats in the state House of Representatives. Republican Chris Olson, who served one term, decided not to seek re-election. Newcomers Democrats Dianne Hyndman and Landis Larson and Republican Austen Schauer are also seeking a House seat.

In District 45, Democrat Danielle Pinnick is challenging Republican incumbent Sen. Ron Sorvaag.

Democrats Tim Hoye and Lukas Maughan are challenging Republican incumbents Mary Johnson and Tom Kading for the two House of Representative seats.

Along with state elections, voters in Cass County will be asked to elect a new sheriff. West Fargo resident Jess Jahner and Fargoan Mike Kjera are seeking the county's top cop position.

If elected in November, Jahner said he wants to improve emergency preparedness throughout the county. Additionally, he would like to build stronger relationships with residents, local businesses, schools and emergency services.

If elected, Kjera said he wants to make the opioid crisis a top priority. He wants to implement a program in the jail for inmates locked up due to addiction issues and allow the public access to opioid addiction help.

Incumbent Sheriff Paul Laney is not running for re-election. He plans to retire from law enforcement when his term ends Dec. 31, 2018. Laney endorsed Jahner last December.

Voters will also decide statewide races and will be asked to weigh in on four state measures.

Measure 1 would create an ethics committee for legislatures. Measure 2 would require proof of U.S. citizenry to vote. Measure 3 would legalize recreational marijuana use, and Measure 4 would allow special license plates for volunteer first responders.

Early voting in Cass County will begin on Monday, Oct. 29, and will be available through Friday, Nov. 2, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at three locations:

• Ramada Inn, 3333 13th Ave. S., Fargo

• DoubleTree by Hilton, 825 E. Beaton Drive, West Fargo

• Fargodome, 1800 University Drive N., Fargo

Early voting will also be open in Casselton at the Days Inn, 2050 Governor's Drive, starting from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31, through Friday, Nov. 2.

On Election Day, Cass County polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Profiles of each District 13 candidate can be found inside on Page 12. District 45 candidate questionnaires will be published in the Oct. 31 edition.

Results will be published in the Nov. 14 edition of the West Fargo Pioneer and online at

Wendy Reuer

Wendy reports for The Forum and West Fargo Pioneer, where she is also assistant editor. A University of Minnesota Morris graduate from North Dakota, Wendy started her career in television news and entertainment in Minnesota and at CBS in Television City, Calif. before working at newspapers in Minnesota and North Dakota. 

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