Local Elections Notable for its Non-candidates

JAMESTOWN – Monday was the deadline to file petitions to appear on the June 12 primary ballot.  The races in Jamestown and Stutsman County may be notable for who is not running.

Jamestown Municipal Judge Tim Ottmar did not take out a petition.  Lawrence Kropp is running for the city judgeship.

Jamestown School Board member Greg Allen did not take out papers for re-election.  There are no registered candidates for his rural seat on the board.  The other rural board member, Sarah Trevithick is seeking to return.  She’s running unopposed.  There are three urban seats on the school board with opening.  Incumbents Heidi Larson, Brenda Roemmich and Robert Toso will face challenger Jason Rohr.

Richard Ryan resigned from the Jamestown Parks and Recreation Commission last year and Larry Knoblich announced he would not seek to be re-elected.  Incumbent Mike Landscoot will face off against challengers  Chris Aarhus, Ryan Schlafman, Mindi Schmitz, Mike Soulis and Mitchel Ostlie for one of three open seats on the commission.

Ramone Gumke is not seeking to return to the Jamestown City Council.  David Steele and Kevin Walker are running for the position.

Jamestown Mayor Katie Andersen is seeking to return to the post.  She’s opposed by Joshua Meade and former city commissioner Dwaine Heinrich.

The city and school board races will be decided on June 12.

Meanwhile, Dale Marks announced he would not return the Stutsman County Commission.  Challengers Steve Cichos, Nellie Degan, Ramone Gumke and Mark McPherson are running against incumbents Craig Neys and Dennis Ova for three openings.  Election rules say the top two finishers for each opening advance to the November general election, so all six candidates will be on the November 6 ballot.

Stutsman County Sheriff Chad Kaiser, State’s Attorney Fritz Fremgen and Garrison Diversion Conservancy District director Geneva Kaiser are running unopposed.