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Candidates disclose local and state campaign fundraising totals

The first campaign finance reports of the 2014 election season have been filed in local and state elections.

The campaign contribution statements, which were due Friday, give a glimpse into the fundraising of local elected officials about a month before the primary election on June 10. While most of the candidates for local races such as City Council, Park Board and County Commission didn’t have any reportable contributions, local legislative candidates reported raising as much as $4,300 so far.

Below is a breakdown of candidates and how much money they’ve raised thus far. Only contributions totaling more than $200 from a single source are required to be reported, according to the North Dakota Secretary of State’s Office staff members.

North Dakota Legislature

  •  District 17

Sen. Ray Holmberg, R-Grand Forks: $4,300

Ed Grossbauer, running for state House as a Democrat: $1,500

Rep. Mark Owens, R-Grand Forks: $1,000

Rep. Mark Sanford, R-Grand Forks: $1,000

North Dakota Democratic-NPL Party of District 17: $5,614.51

  •  District 19

Carol Gierszewski, running for state House as a Democrat: $500

No other candidates reported contributions.

  •  District 43

Sen. Lonnie Laffen, R-Grand Forks: $1,000

JoNell Bakke, running for state Senate as a Democrat: $250

Rep. Lois Delmore, D-Grand Forks: $1,700

Richard Becker, running for state House as a Republican: $1,000

Kyle Thorson, running for state House as a Democrat: $500

Shelby Wood, running for state House as a Republican: $1,000

North Dakota Republican Party of District 43: $3,000

City of Grand Forks

Crystal Schneider, Ward 2 City Council candidate: $420

No other candidate reported contributions.

Grand Forks County

No candidate reported contributions.

To view legislators’ finance reports, visit the North Dakota Secretary of State’s website at

John Hageman

John Hageman covers North Dakota politics from the Forum News Service bureau in Bismarck. He attended the University of Minnesota in the Twin Cities, where he studied journalism and political science, and he previously worked at the Grand Forks Herald and Bemidji Pioneer.  

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