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Bergquist to run as write-in candidate for county commission

The Stutsman County Commission seats of Steve Cichos, Ramone Gumke and Denny Ova will be on the primary election ballot.

Jerry Bergquist
Jerry Bergquist
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JAMESTOWN – Jerry Bergquist has announced that he will run as a write-in candidate for the Stutsman County Commission on the June 14 primary election ballot.

“I wasn’t intending to run for county commission, but it’s very important that voters have a choice when voting to fill these positions,” he said. “It’s for that reason I decided to become a write-in candidate. With my knowledge of the county and its overall operation, I believe I can be a valuable member of the commission.”

Bergquist served as the Stutsman County emergency manager and 911 coordinator for 32 1/2 years. He retired in June 2021.

The Stutsman County Commission seats of Steve Cichos, Ramone Gumke and Denny Ova will be on the ballot. Cichos and Chad Wolsky are seeking reelection and election, respectively. The positions are four-year terms.

Up to six candidates for Stutsman County Commission in the June 14 primary election will advance to the general election, two for each open seat. That means four write-in candidates for the Stutsman County Commission could potentially get on the general election ballot.


The primary election ballot will have two names on it — Cichos and Wolsky — and three write-in lines. The individuals with the highest amount of write-in votes will be the candidates moving on to be on the general election ballot. In this case, write-in candidates do not have to get as many votes as the number of signatures that were required to file a petition.

After Election Day in November, the top three vote-getters will be declared winners.

Masaki Ova joined The Jamestown Sun in August 2021 as a reporter. He grew up on a farm near Pingree, N.D. He majored in communications at the University of Jamestown, N.D.
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