Klose, Morris elected to county commission
Mark Klose was reelected and Joan Morris was elected to a four-year term on the Stutsman County Commission in unofficial election results reported Tuesday.
Klose and Morris were leading with 39.8 percent and 34.96% , respectively, which may not contain all results returned by mail.
The third candidate on the ballot, Jill Schwartz (Gainer), who withdrew from the race, was in third with 24.71%.
Klose, who is involved in farming, was elected to his 10th term Tuesday. He was first elected in 1984. He said he hasn’t changed since then and people know where he stands on issues.
“I pride myself on the fact that Stutsman County is in very good financial condition and I’ve had a real good working relationship with numerous board members and look forward in continuing that type of relationship …,” he said.
Morris is a CPA and assistant professor at the University of Jamestown.
“I’m very grateful for all the folks that voted for me and I’m going to try to do my very best for all the citizens of Stutsman County,” she said.
There were 10,024 votes cast so far in the county; Stutsman County has 16,727 eligible voters, according to the North Dakota secretary of state’s website. Stutsman County had 5,454 absentee and vote-by-mail ballots sent out and 4,399 ballots returned so far, as reported Tuesday on the website.
Those elected take office on Dec. 7; five people serve on the county commission. Commissioners are paid $12,364.25 annually.