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Voters to decide Jamestown races, candidates for general election

Early voting in Stutsman County began Tuesday, May 31, at the Stutsman County Courthouse in Jamestown.

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The primary election is scheduled on June 14 and early voting began May 31.
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JAMESTOWN – Voters will decide which candidates will appear on the fall general election ballot as well as races for mayor, Jamestown City Council, Jamestown Public School Board and Jamestown Parks and Recreation.

Early voting in Stutsman County began Tuesday, May 31, at the Stutsman County Courthouse in Jamestown.

The polls for early voting are open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Friday, June 3, and Monday through Friday, June 6-10, at the Stutsman County Courthouse in Jamestown. The polls are open during the noon lunch hour.

City of Jamestown

Voters will cast ballots for mayor, one Jamestown City Council position, municipal judge and three seats on the Jamestown Parks and Recreation Commission. Winners in city races will be decided in the June 14 primary election.

Mayor Dwaine Heinrich is running unopposed for the mayoral seat. Heinrich has been the mayor since 2018.

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Councilman David Steele is running against Josh Meade for the lone City Council seat . Steele has been on the City Council since 2018.

Incumbents Mike Landscoot, Mike Soulis and Mindi Schmitz will run for the three seats on the Jamestown Parks and Recreation Commission. Landscoot is the longest-serving member of the three, serving on the commission since 2002. Schmitz and Soulis were elected in 2018.

Incumbent Lawrence Kropp is running for Jamestown municipal judge.

Jamestown Public School Board

Voters will decide on three city seats and two rural seats on the Jamestown Public School Board on June 14.

For the city seats, incumbents Heidi Heim Larson and Jason Rohr are seeking reelection. Daniel Tweten, who was appointed in July 2021 to serve the remaining year of Bob Toso's term after he resigned and currently serves, is seeking his first four-year elected term. Stephen R. Resler is seeking election to his first four-year term.

Incumbent Melissa Gleason is the only candidate who filed for the two rural seats. Incumbent Greg Allen is not seeking reelection.

One write-in candidate could get one of the two rural seats. If a write-in candidate is elected who does not want to serve, then the school district will follow the vacancy statute in accordance with North Dakota law to fill it.

Stutsman County

Voters will decide which candidates advance to the general election in November in the races for sheriff, state’s attorney, Garrison Diversion Conservancy and three seats on the Stutsman County Commission. All positions are four-year terms.

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The Stutsman County Commission seats of Steve Cichos, Ramone Gumke and Denny Ova are on the ballot. Gumke and Ova are not seeking reelection.

Cichos and Chad Wolsky are seeking reelection and election for the county commission, respectively. Jerry Bergquist is running as a write-in candidate. Cichos has served on the county commission since 2018.

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 the general election ballot.

If there are write-in candidates in the primary election who do not accept the nominations, only two candidates would be on the general election ballot, and another write-in candidate could win the third county commission seat in the general election in November. 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.

Stutsman County Sheriff Chad Kaiser and Stutsman County State’s Attorney Fritz Fremgen are running unopposed. Geneva Kaiser is running unopposed for director of the Garrison Diversion Conservancy District. The top vote-getters in each race during the June 14 primary election advance to the general election on Nov. 8 when all county races will be decided.

Voters will also decide on the county’s official newspaper, and The Jamestown Sun is the only name on the ballot.

Political party races

Voters will choose between the Republican and Democratic candidates for U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, North Dakota secretary of state, Public Service Commission, attorney general, agriculture commissioner and tax commissioner.

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In a primary election, voters may only choose candidates from one political party.

If a ballot has votes with more than one political party, those votes will not be counted, but all other votes on the no-party candidates and measures will still be counted.

North Dakota Supreme Court

Daniel J. Crothers is running unopposed for justice of the North Dakota Supreme Court and will advance to the general election in November. The position is a 10-year term.

Southeast Judicial District

Voters will choose judges for Southeast Judicial District Nos. 2, 4, 5, 6 and 7.

Nick D. Thornton, Leah J. Viste and Paul C. Murphy are each running for the judgeship of district court No. 2. The two candidates for judge of the district court receiving the highest number of votes in the June 14 primary election will be placed on the general election ballot.

James D. Hovey, Daniel Narum, Jay Schmitz and Troy J. LeFevre are running unopposed for judgeships in district court Nos. 4, 5, 6 and 7, respectively.

All positions are six-year terms.

Measures

Voters will decide if the Jamestown Public School District should publish their proceedings in the newspaper.

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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