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Election season underway

Statements of interest forms and petitions for running for local offices are available now, and with the election season officially open Stutsman County Auditor/Chief Operating Officer Casey Bradley is expecting to have his hands full in 2014.

“We’ve got all these projects going on; it’s going to be an extremely busy year and then you throw in an election into it —it’s going to be a very challenging year,” Bradley said.

The county organizes the elections for the city and Jamestown Public Schools. This year citizens will vote for the Stutsman County sheriff, state’s attorney, three county commissioners and seats on the Garrison Diversion Conservancy District Board of Directors and the Soil Conservation District. Five Jamestown Public School Board seats — four at-large and one rural —are up and the city elections include mayor, a city council seat, a municipal judgeship and three positions on the Jamestown Parks and Recreation board.

Bradley was confident his staff could handle the work+load with 18 elections on the horizon and he doesn’t expect to hire any temporary help.

“We’ll hopefully get through it and not have to get pushed into that kind of situation,” he said. “We haven’t budgeted for it; we don’t anticipate doing it. Usually we like our turnaround as quick as possible and some other things might get put on the back burner to get priority things done.”

All candidates must turn in a statement of interest form and gain the required amount of petition signatures by April 7. County Commission requires no less than 130 signatures; state’s attorney, 115; sheriff, 151, Garrison Diversion board, 50; and Soil Conservation board 25. Those forms, petitions and information are available at the Stutsman County Courthouse.

The city elections require 300 petition signatures for mayor and city council, 269 for municipal judge and 284 for park board. The paperwork for those elections can be picked up at Jamestown City Hall, 102 3rd Ave. SE.

Jamestown Public Schools Superintendent Rob Lech said school board candidates do not need petitions. They fill out a statement of interest. Lech said packets with the forms and information on school board duties will be readily available Feb. 21, but interested candidates can pick one up earlier by calling the superintendent’s office at (701) 252-1950.

“We technically aren’t required to get a packet together but we do because it makes sense if we know what we’re getting and you (candidates) know what we need,” he said.

Sun reporter David Luessen can be reached at 701-952-8455 or by email at