Landscoot, Knoblich, Ryan on Parks and Rec board
Richard Ryan is the newest member of the Jamestown Parks and Recreation Commission after defeating fellow first-time candidate Kevin Miller by 30 votes.
Ryan received 1,167 votes, coming in third behind incumbents Mike Landscoot, with 1,689 votes and Larry Knoblich, who received 1,559 votes. Miller received 1,137 votes.
A total of 2,871 votes were cast in Stutsman County in the election.
Ryan, who is employed at UTC Aerospace in Jamestown, is active in the Jamestown Men’s Softball league. He will take his seat on the commission on June 24.
Ryan said he is excited about being part of the commission.
“I feel great,” he said about his election to the board. “I want to thank all the candidates for running great campaigns.”
The commission will hold a special meeting at 4 p.m. Monday at the Jamestown Parks and Recreation Department office to award the bid for an estimated $500,000 improvement project for Hillcrest Municipal Golf Course. Ryan said he is excited about the improvements for Hillcrest and wants the project completed as soon as possible.
“Once Hillcrest is completed, we (the commission) should focus all our energy on getting the Two Rivers Activity Center going. Let’s get that accomplished,” he said.
Miller said he enjoyed running for the commission and while he was disappointed not to win, he said he felt all the candidates ran good campaigns. Miller has worked at UTC Aerospace for 36 years as a machinist. He is member of the Stutsman County Reserve Deputies and is active with the Hillcrest Men’s Association and treasurer of the Jamestown Men’s Bowling Association.
“I’m happy. Everyone who ran for park board did a great job and those that won deserved to,” he said.
Miller said he hadn’t made any decisions about asking for a recount. The Stutsman County Board of Canvassers will meet at 9 a.m. Monday in the county commissioners’ meeting room at the Stutsman County Courthouse to certify the vote.
Casey Bradley, Stutsman County auditor/chief operating officer, said based on his interpretation of state election law, an automatic recount will not occur as a difference of nine votes or less would be needed between Miller and Ryan. But the 30-vote difference should be enough for Miller to request a recount, if he chooses to do so. Bradley said there would need to be a difference of 33 votes or less in order for a recount to be requested by Miller.
“We’re going to get an official interpretation from the (North Dakota) Secretary of State office tomorrow (Wednesday),” he said.
The vote may also be affected if any absentee ballot post marked June 9 was not received before Tuesday’s vote. Bradley said any absentee ballots post marked June 9 received before the Board of Canvassers meeting on Monday will be included in the final vote count.
“We usually don’t get a lot of these, maybe four or five,” he said about late arriving absentee ballots.
Landscoot, a 12-year incumbent, received the most votes of the four candidates. Landscoot is a lab technician at UTC Aerospace Systems. He said he is looking forward to serving another four years on the commission.
“I love the work I do on the commission,” he said. “I’m looking forward to getting Hillcrest finished this fall, and I think we need to keep pushing for the Two Rivers Activity Center, to get that done.”
Knoblich, who has served more than 20 years on the commission, said he is very happy to be re-elected.
“I’m very pleased with that,” he said. “We have a new member and that is great.”
Knoblich said he is also looking forward to getting the Hillcrest improvements done.
“It would be nice to get that project finished before we bite off another big chunk,” he said. But he would also like to see the commission continue working toward getting the Two Rivers Activity Center completed as well.
“I’m looking forward to the next four years,” he said.
Knoblich is a retired teacher and coach. He is a founder and organizer of the Runnin’ o the Green, and is a member of the Elks Club, Ducks Unlimited, the National Buffalo Association and all local sportsmen’s groups.
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