A Look At The Ballot

Written by: FMWF Chamber of Commerce

Photo by Hillary Ehlen

Last month, we kicked off another election season with an overview of the various local races and statewide campaigns. As North Dakota’s U.S. Senate and House seats have contested races, we look forward to hosting debates in the early fall after the primary election in order to engage our members in the political process and educate them on the candidates.

As June 12 quickly approaches, there are many local races wrapping up, starting with a competitive race of nine individuals vying for two open seats on the Fargo City Commission.


As noted last month, we will be hosting a Fargo City Commission Candidate Forum on June 6 from 4-5 p.m. in the Fargo City Commission Room.

There is no registration necessary for the event, and there is no cost to attend. We welcome you to join us to hear more about the candidates and where they stand on important local hot topics.

The nine candidates in the race are:

  • Tony Gehrig (incumbent)
  • Dave Piepkorn (incumbent)
  • Tim Flakoll
  • Lenny Tweeden
  • Michael Williams
  • Linda Boyd
  • Arlette Preston
  • Liz Maddock-Johnson
  • Kelan Oster

Please watch our website and e-newsletter for more information on these candidates and their positions on important issues such as the flood diversion and city plans.

West Fargo

In West Fargo, in addition to the mayoral race between incumbent Rich Mattern and Bernie Dardis, there are two open seats on the West Fargo Commission, with three candidates:

  • Eric Gjerdevig
  • Duane Hanson
  • Brad Olson

We invite you to join us for the West Fargo Mayoral and City Commission Candidate Forum on June 7 from 4-5 p.m. in the West Fargo City Commission. This forum also requires no registration and is free to attend.


In the fall, Moorhead’s mayoral seat, as well as city council and local legislative seats, will be up for election.

Down the Road

This fall, attention will be focused on North Dakota’s open U.S. Senate and House seats.

We are planning debates for many of these important races as well. As we move closer to Election Day, we will have more information.

Please visit our website and check out our e-newsletter, eBridge, for more information on candidates, and check out the North Dakota and Minnesota Secretary of State websites for North Dakota and Minnesota for voting information.

FMWF Chamber of Commerce


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The Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber of Commerce is a bi-state, regional federation of over 2,100 private, public and non-profit member firms representing more than 109,000 people. The largest local chamber in North Dakota and Minnesota, The Chamber advocates for a strong metropolitan community and supports the interests of its members, which are located in Cass and Clay Counties and beyond.