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2020 election includes national, state, local races

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Voters will decide a wide variety of races during the upcoming election cycle. Prospective candidates for office could begin circulating petitions on Jan. 1. Completed candidate petitions must be returned to the proper authority by 4 p.m. April 6, which is 64 days before North Dakota's June 6 primary election.


On the national level, voters will decide the president and vice president in the upcoming election.

Voters will also decide North Dakota's lone member of the U.S. House of Representatives. Rep. Kelly Armstrong, R-N.D., was first elected to Congress in 2018.

Neither Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., or Sen. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., is up for election during the 2020 election cycle.



Most of the state's elected offices are up for election in 2020. This includes the offices of governor and lieutenant governor, state treasurer, state auditor, public service commissioner, insurance commissioner and superintendent of public instruction. All offices are for four-year terms with the exception of the public service commissioner, which serves for six years.

Incumbents are Gov. Doug Burgum and Lt. Gov. Brent Sanford; Kelly Schmidt, state treasurer; Josh Gallion, state auditor; Brian Kroshus, Public Service Commission; Jon Godfread, insurance commissioner; and Kirsten Baesler, superintendent of public instruction.

The offices of attorney general and agriculture commissioner will be up for election in 2022.

Candidates for state office must file a petition containing not more than 300 signatures or a certificate of endorsement from their political party to be listed on the primary ballot.


Voters will decide one position on the North Dakota Supreme Court. Jon Jay Jensen was nominated to the Supreme Court in 2017 and now must run for his own 10-year term.

Residents of the Southeast Judicial District will vote on one position. Judge Cherie Clark was nominated as a district court judge in 2017 and now must run for her own six-year term. Clark is chambered in Jamestown.



North Dakota voters in even-numbered legislative districts will vote on members of the North Dakota Senate and House of Representatives in 2020.

In District 12, which includes most of Jamestown, incumbents are Sen. John Grabinger, D-Jamestown, Rep. Jim Grueneich, R-Jamestown, and Rep. Bernie Santrom, R-Jamestown.

Other districts in the region include District 24 in and around Valley City with Sen. Larry Robinson, D-Valley City, Rep. Daniel Johnston, R-Kathryn, and Rep. Dwight Kiefert, R-Valley City, are incumbents. District 28 includes parts of LaMoure, Dickey and Logan counties. Incumbents are Sen. Robert Erbele, R-Lehr, Rep. Mike Brandenburg, R-Edgeley, and Rep. Jeffrey Magrum, R-Hazelton.

Candidates for the North Dakota Legislature must submit petitions including the signatures of 1% of the district's population or a certificate of endorsement from their political party.

Stutsman County

Two seats on the Stutsman County Commission will be decided by the voters this year. The seats currently held by commission Chairman Mark Klose and Commissioner Dave Schwartz will be on the ballot.

Schwartz has announced he does not intend to seek another term.


Candidates for Stutsman County Commission must gather at least 154 signatures on their petition to be placed on the primary ballot. The four candidates who receive the most votes in the June primary will advance to the November general election.

City of Jamestown

Voters will decide three seats on the Jamestown City Council and two seats on the Jamestown Parks and Recreation Commission. Incumbents on the City Council are Steve Brubakken, Dan Buchanan and Pam Phillips.

Park board incumbents are Mark Ukestad and Ron Olson.

Candidates must file petitions containing 238 signatures for the City Council seats or 297 signatures for the park board seats. Petitions for city candidates must be signed by Jamestown residents and include the full address rather than a post office box.

The city of Jamestown election is held in conjunction with the June primary election. The winners of these positions are determined by the June vote.

Jamestown Public School District

Voters will decide on four members of the Jamestown Public School Board including three from within Jamestown and one rural board member. Incumbents from the city of Jamestown are Roger Haut, Diane Hanson and Jennifer Schmidt. Steve Veldkamp is the incumbent for the rural seat on the school board.

Candidates do not need to file a petition but must file an application with the school's business office by April 6 to be listed on the school board ballot. The school board election is also held as part of the June primary election.

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