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Wamstad, Yon advance to general election for GF County State’s Attorney

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Two current county assistant state’s attorneys will face off in November in their bid to be the next Grand Forks County State’s Attorney.

Nancy Yon, who has been with the Grand Forks County State’s Attorney office since 2000, and Haley Wamstad, who has been with the department since 2008, are moving on to the November general election.

Wamstad received 46 percent of the vote with 27 of 27 precincts reporting. Yon received 41 percent of the vote.

Vote numbers Tuesday were unofficial, preliminary results.

Tim Lamb, a local attorney who has been involved in numerous civil cases, fell short of the general election ballot, receiving 13 percent of the vote.

Yon noted that while she and Wamstad are co-workers, she plans on focusing on her own campaign going forward.

“We’ve been fine throughout the primary,” Yon said. “I don’t have any reason to believe things won’t be the same moving onto the general election.”

Wamstad said she was “glad to see that it’s two of us from the inside.”

“I think that it’s important that whoever becomes the next state’s attorney is somebody with prosecution experience and an understanding of how the office works from the inside,” she said.

David Jones, who currently serves as the Grand Forks County State’s Attorney, announced his retirement earlier this year. He has been with the office for more than 20 years, and as served as its leader for the last three.

The state’s attorney’s salary is currently $137,942 annually.