Candidates finalized for local Grand Forks elections, including school, county, city, judge and park district

In each contest, incumbents will be returning to stand for reelection, though two City Council members and one member of County Commission are not seeking another term.

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Grand Forks City Hall (Grand Forks Herald Photo by Sam Easter)
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GRAND FORKS – The final list of candidates is set for upcoming school, city and county elections in Grand Forks, as well as those running for the park district and a municipal judgeship. Of the upcoming elections, the race for School Board will be the most crowded, with 23 candidates vying for five open seats.

In each contest, incumbents will be returning to stand for reelection, though two City Council members and one member of County Commission are not seeking another term. Grand Forks Municipal Judge Alvin Boucher, who has held the position since 2012, also is not seeking reelection.

The deadline for candidates to have filed petitions to get their names on the ballot was 4 p.m. Monday, April 11.

Grand Forks city, school and park district elections will be Tuesday, June 14. The nominating election for county board members will be held on Tuesday, June 14, after which six of the eight candidates will be forwarded to the general election on Tuesday, Nov. 8. The election for the open judge position also will be June 14.

The following is a breakdown of Grand Forks school, city, county, park board and municipal judge contests:


City Council

Ward 2: Rebecca Osowski and Matthew Ternus are vying for the seat held by Katie Dachtler, who is not seeking reelection.

Ward 4: Ward Johnson, Tricia Lunski and Harry Samuelson will run for the seat held by Jeannie Mock, who is not seeking reelection.

Ward 6: Incumbent council member Dana Sande is seeking another term. He is running unopposed.

Municipal judge

Grand Forks attorneys Larry Richards and Kerry Rosenquist are running for the position.

Park District

Four candidates are vying for three open seats on the Grand Forks Park District board. Incumbents Tim Skarperud, Greg LaDouceur and Terry Dvorak are seeking reelection. Jordan McIntyre also is seeking a position on the board.

County Commission

Eight people are vying for three seats on the Grand Forks County Commission. Incumbents Tom Falck and Bob Rost are running for reelection. Diane Knauf, who by the end of her term will have served for 16 years on the board, is not seeking reelection.

Other candidates for the three open positions are Kimberly Hagen, K.C. Inman, Jordon Klava, Lon Kvasager, Vanessa Richter and Mark Rustad.

School Board

A total of 23 people filed to run for the Grand Forks School Board. There are five open seats on the nine-member board. Three incumbents, Doug Carpenter, Chris Douthit and Shannon Mikula are not seeking another term. Candidates did not need to gather signatures to appear on the ballot.


Following is the list of candidates: Kelly Schempp, Monte Gaukler, Emily Wros, Josh Anderson, Dee Decimus, Cameron Murphy, Marie Stewart, Mark D. Peterson, Dave Berger, Bill Palmiscno (incumbent), Bonnie McMullin, Aaron Waterman, Jacqueline Hassett (incumbent), Ronald Barta, Roland Clifford Riemers, Sona Lesmeister, Jennifer Kolodka, Joel Larson, Courtney Kniert, Bradley Sturlaugson, David Waterman, Senta Grzadzielewski and Elizabeth Delgado.

Related Topics: ELECTION 2022
Adam Kurtz is the community editor for the Grand Forks Herald. He covers higher education and other topics in Grand Forks County and the city.

Kurtz joined the Herald in July 2019. He covered business and county government topics before covering higher education and some military topics.

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