As of the 4 p.m. Friday filing deadline, most seats up for election locally or at the state level had a full roster of candidates for the June 10 ballot.
The June election will decide who fills the seats on the City Council, Jamestown Parks and Recreation Commission and the Jamestown Public School Board. For the Legislature and Stutsman County Commission seats the election acts as a qualifier for the general election in November.
Voters will choose among seven candidates for three City Council seats in June. Incumbents Dwaine Heinrich and Ken Schulz are running again. Incumbent John Grabinger, who is running for the North Dakota Senate, is not seeking re-election to the council. Other candidates running for the council are Gloria Wentz, Patrick Nygaard, Tina Martin, Charlie Kourajian and Matthew Brugger.
The Jamestown Parks and Recreation Commission has three candidates for two positions. Incumbent Ron Olson is running for re-election. Wade Spitzer and Mark Ukestad are also candidates for the commission. Incumbent Don Wegner is not running.
The Jamestown Public School Board, which was short of candidates a couple of weeks ago, now has eight running for four seats. Incumbents Ken Astrup, Rosemary McDougall and Gail Martin are running for re-election to their city seats. Running against them are Brenda Roemmich, Theresa Haag and Scott Walch. Incumbent Gary Peterson is on the ballot for his rural seat. Debra Hatlewick is running against him.
"I think the number of candidates is similar to past years," said Joe Sykora, school district business manager. "I'm glad to see a strong interest in running for School Board positions. At times there are concerns that individuals are unwilling or unable to serve in an office."
Voters will also decide on a quiet zone for the city and funding for county roads in the June election.
City Administrator Jeff Fuchs said the ballot measure asks the voter to say yes or no to establishing a quiet zone to mute train whistles in town and paying for the construction of the zone with a citywide special assessment. City Hall has the results of the quiet zone assessment for residents to review and Fuchs said staff will answer questions. Public meetings are also being planned to explain the proposed project.
The county has placed a measure on the ballot asking voters to approve a countywide 1 percent sales tax and a 35- mill increase in the levy for roads only on agricultural land. The sales tax would have a $25 cap on tax paid for any single transaction. The mill levy increase would be capped at $670,000 a year. An attorney general's opinion validated the ability to raise the mill levy for one class of property. Normally a request to increase the mill levy would have included commercial and residential property in the city and county.
The city also will have a measure on the ballot that establishes an advisory committee to look into the city's operations and suggest areas of better efficiency.
Voting on these measures will be final in the June election.
Races that won't be decided until the November election include the County Commission and District 12 legislative positions.
However, with two seats on the ballot, the County Commission has only three candidates. Incumbents Doug Kaiser and Mark Klose are running for re-election and Randy Williams is the only other candidate. Assuming a much higher number of candidates, the June election normally would eliminate all but the six top vote getters. With only three candidates, all will advance to the November election.
Voters will also endorse their party's candidates for the Legislature from District 12 in the June election. For the Republicans, incumbent Dave Nething is running for the Senate and Dallas Rosin seeking one of two seats in the House. Democrats are fielding Grabinger for the Senate and incumbents Lyle Hanson and Joe Kroeber for the House.
"This is voting a straight party ticket," said Noel Johnson, election administrator. "You cannot vote for any candidate in the other party."
All the legislative candidates will advance to the November election. Then voters can choose from either party.
Absentee voting will start May 1 and, for those who don't want to wait until election day, early voting at the Stutsman County Courthouse begins May 27. All county and city residents can vote at the Civic Center on election day. The only other voting places in the county will be in Medina, Kensal and Pingree for voters who live in those precincts.
Sun reporter Toni Pirkl can be reached at (701) 952-8453 or by e-mail at email@example.com