UPDATED North Dakota District Conventions: Districts 11, 13, 21, 27, 41, and 45 Fargo-West Fargo-Cass County Area Guide Part I

UPDATED Candidate information below in bold type

This post is part of a continuing series highlighting the potential state legislative candidates from each district for their party’s nomination. For more information on this series, refer to the “SAB’s Guide To North Dakota District Conventions: A Government Of People Who Show Up” post.

Due to the large number of districts in the Fargo-West Fargo-Cass County area, there will be two posts — one for odd number districts and one for even numbered ones.

The Districts: 11, 13, 21, 27, 41, and 45

Click on a District number above for a map of that district

  • District 11 is located in the City of Fargo.
  • District 13 is located in located in the cities of Fargo and West Fargo.
  • District 21 is located in Cass County and east of Fargo.
  • District 27 is located in Cass County and south of Fargo
  • District 41 is located in the City of Fargo
  • District 45 is located in the City of Fargo and north into parts of Cass County
  • Legislative seats for all the above districts will be up for election in 2014.

District 11 Current Representation and Legislative Ranking: 

Senator Tim Mathern (D)

Running in 2014?: Yes

SAB Legislative Ranking Breakdowns:

  • Life – 57.14%
  • Liberty – 42.86%
  • Pursuit of Happiness – 0.00%
  • Government Responsibility – 24.00%
  • OVERALL – 29.09%
    • 45th of 47 Senators
    • 13th of 14 ND Dem-NPL Senators
    • Above 1 NDGOP Senators
    • See total comparisons below

ND Chamber of Commerce Legislative Rating: 50%

ND Dem-NPL District Convention Challenger?: None identified

NDGOP Candidates?: None identified

Representative Ron Guggisberg (D)

Running in 2014?: Yes

SAB Legislative Ranking Breakdowns:

  • Life – 0.00%
  • Liberty – 26.09%
  • Pursuit of Happiness – 27.27%
  • Government Responsibility – 25.81%
  • OVERALL – 23.94%
    • 84th of 94 Representatives
    • 13th of 23 ND Dem-NPL Representatives
    • Above 0 NDGOP Representatives

    • See total comparisons below

ND Chamber of Commerce Legislative Rating: 62%

ND Dem-NPL District Convention Challenger?: None identified

NDGOP Candidates?: None identified

Representative Scot Kelsh (D)

Running in 2014?: No. Retiring due to legal concerns

SAB Legislative Ranking Breakdowns:

  • Life – 0.00%
  • Liberty – 34.78%
  • Pursuit of Happiness – 36.36%
  • Government Responsibility – 16.13%
  • OVERALL – 23.94%
    • 85th of 94 Representatives
    • 14th of 23 ND Dem-NPL Representatives
    • Above 0 NDGOP Representatives
    • See total comparisons below

ND Chamber of Commerce Legislative Rating: 62%

ND Dem-NPL District Convention Candidate?: Kris Wallman, who currently serves on the Fargo Board of Education. She is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley and San Francisco State University

NDGOP Candidates?: None identified

Overall District 11 SAB Legislative Rankings (averaging all three members percentages):

  • Life – 19.13%
  • Liberty – 34.58%
  • Pursuit of Happiness – 45.43%
  • Government Responsibility – 21.98%
  • OVERALL – 25.66%

District 13 Current Representation and Legislative Ranking: 

Senator Judy Lee (R)

Running in 2014?: Yes

SAB Legislative Ranking Breakdowns:

  • Life – 0.00%
  • Liberty – 23.08%
  • Pursuit of Happiness – 33.33%
  • Government Responsibility – 36.00%
  • OVERALL – 27.78%
    • 46th of 47 Senators
    • 33rd of 33 NDGOP Senators
    • Below 13 ND Dem-NPL Senators
    • See total comparisons below

ND Chamber of Commerce Legislative Rating: 79%

NDGOP District Convention Challenger?: None identified

ND Dem-NPL Candidates?: None identified

Representative Kim Koppelman (R)

Running in 2014?: Yes

SAB Legislative Ranking Breakdowns:

  • Life – 100.00%
  • Liberty – 69.57%
  • Pursuit of Happiness – 63.64%
  • Government Responsibility – 73.33%
  • OVERALL – 72.86%
    • 14th of 94 Representatives
    • 14th of 71 NDGOP Representatives
    • Below 0 ND Dem-NPL Representatives
    • See total comparisons below

ND Chamber of Commerce Legislative Rating: 80%

NDGOP District Convention Challenger?: None identified

ND Dem-NPL Candidates?: None identified

Representative Alon Wieland (R)

Running in 2014?: No. Retiring

SAB Legislative Ranking Breakdowns:

  • Life – 100.00%
  • Liberty – 65.22%
  • Pursuit of Happiness – 45.46%
  • Government Responsibility – 67.74%
  • OVERALL – 66.20%
    • 30th of 94 Representatives
    • 30th of 71 NDGOP Representatives
    • Below 0 ND Dem-NPL Representatives
    • See total comparisons below

ND Chamber of Commerce Legislative Rating: 88%, Chamber Champion

NDGOP District Convention Candidates?:

  • Christopher Olson, an Army veteran and CEO of Treasure Island Coins, Inc.; as well as owner of Dakota Depository LLC
  • David Zupi, current Director of Operations at Triton Systems in Fargo and a retired US Air Force Colonel

ND Dem-NPL Candidates?: None identified

Overall District 13 SAB Legislative Rankings (averaging all three members percentages):

  • Life – 66.67%
  • Liberty – 52.62%
  • Pursuit of Happiness – 47.48%
  • Government Responsibility – 59.02%
  • OVERALL – 55.61%

District 21 Current Representation and Legislative Ranking: 

Senator Carolyn C. Nelson (D)

Running in 2014?: Yes

SAB Legislative Ranking Breakdowns:

  • Life – 0.00%
  • Liberty – 35.71%
  • Pursuit of Happiness – 22.22%
  • Government Responsibility – 37.04%
  • OVERALL – 29.82%
    • 44th of 47 Senators
    • 12th of 14 ND Dem-NPL Senators
    • Above 1 NDGOP Senators
    • See total comparisons below

ND Chamber of Commerce Legislative Rating: 60%

ND Dem-NPL District Convention Challenger?: None identified

NDGOP Candidates?: None identified

Representative Kathy Hogan (D)

Running in 2014?: Yes

SAB Legislative Ranking Breakdowns:

  • Life – 0.00%
  • Liberty – 17.39%
  • Pursuit of Happiness – 25.00%
  • Government Responsibility – 19.35%
  • OVERALL – 17.65%
    • 93rd of 94 Representatives
    • 22nd of 23 ND Dem-NPL Representatives
    • Above 0 NDGOP Representatives

    • See total comparisons below

ND Chamber of Commerce Legislative Rating: 73%

ND Dem-NPL District Convention Challenger?: None identified

NDGOP Candidates?: None identified

Representative Steven L. Zaiser (D)

Running in 2014?: Possibly Retiring

SAB Legislative Ranking Breakdowns:

  • Life – 0.00%
  • Liberty – 30.43%
  • Pursuit of Happiness – 10.00%
  • Government Responsibility – 22.22%
  • OVERALL – 21.21%
    • 86th of 94 Representatives
    • 15th of 23 ND Dem-NPL Representatives
    • Above 0 NDGOP Representatives
    • See total comparisons below

ND Chamber of Commerce Legislative Rating: 50%

ND Dem-NPL District Convention Candidate?: None identified

NDGOP Candidates?: None identified

Overall District 21 SAB Legislative Rankings (averaging all three members percentages):

  • Life – 0.00%
  • Liberty – 27.84%
  • Pursuit of Happiness – 19.07%
  • Government Responsibility – 26.20%
  • OVERALL – 22.89%

District 27 Current Representation and Legislative Ranking: 

Senator Spencer Berry (R)

Running in 2014?: Yes

SAB Legislative Ranking Breakdowns:

  • Life – 100.00%
  • Liberty – 42.86%
  • Pursuit of Happiness – 55.56%
  • Government Responsibility – 39.13%
  • OVERALL – 50.94%
    • 17th of 47 Senators
    • 17th of 33 NDGOP Senators
    • Below 0 ND Dem-NPL Senators
    • See total comparisons below

ND Chamber of Commerce Legislative Rating: 95%, Chamber Champion

NDGOP District Convention Challenger?: None identified

ND Dem-NPL Candidates?: None identified

Representative Thomas Beadle (R)

Running in 2014?: Yes

SAB Legislative Ranking Breakdowns:

  • Life – 0.00%
  • Liberty – 65.22%
  • Pursuit of Happiness – 60.00%
  • Government Responsibility – 60.00%
  • OVERALL – 56.52%
    • 55th of 94 Representatives
    • 55th of 71 NDGOP Representatives
    • Below 0 ND Dem-NPL Representatives
    • See total comparisons below

ND Chamber of Commerce Legislative Rating: 96%, Chamber Champion

NDGOP District Convention Challenger?: None identified

ND Dem-NPL Candidates?: None identified

Representative Randy Boehning (R)

Running in 2014?: Yes

SAB Legislative Ranking Breakdowns:

  • Life – 83.33%
  • Liberty – 78.26%
  • Pursuit of Happiness – 70.00%
  • Government Responsibility – 66.67%
  • OVERALL – 72.46%
    • 16th of 94 Representatives
    • 16th of 71 NDGOP Representatives
    • Below 0 ND Dem-NPL Representatives
    • See total comparisons below

ND Chamber of Commerce Legislative Rating: 88%, Chamber Champion

NDGOP District Convention Candidates?: None identified

ND Dem-NPL Candidates?: None identified

Overall District 27 SAB Legislative Rankings (averaging all three members percentages):

  • Life – 61.11%
  • Liberty – 62.11%
  • Pursuit of Happiness – 61.85%
  • Government Responsibility – 55.27%
  • OVERALL – 59.97%

District 41 Current Representation and Legislative Ranking: 

Senator Tony Grindberg (R)

Running in 2014?: No

SAB Legislative Ranking Breakdowns:

  • Life – 14.29%
  • Liberty – 42.86%
  • Pursuit of Happiness – 42.86%
  • Government Responsibility – 40.74%
  • OVERALL – 38.60%
    • 28th of 47 Senators
    • 27th of 33 NDGOP Senators
    • Below 1 ND Dem-NPL Senators
    • See total comparisons below

ND Chamber of Commerce Legislative Rating: 91%, Chamber Champion

NDGOP District Convention Candidate?: Kyle Davison, executive director at South East Education Cooperative

ND Dem-NPL Candidates?: None identified

Representative Al Carlson (R) – Majority Leader

Running in 2014?: No Announcement Found

SAB Legislative Ranking Breakdowns:

  • Life – 100.00%
  • Liberty – 73.91%
  • Pursuit of Happiness – 45.45%
  • Government Responsibility – 54.84%
  • OVERALL – 63.38%
    • 36th of 94 Representatives
    • 36th of 71 NDGOP Representatives
    • Below 0 ND Dem-NPL Representatives
    • See total comparisons below

ND Chamber of Commerce Legislative Rating: 85%, Chamber Champion

NDGOP District Convention Challenger?: None identified

ND Dem-NPL Candidates?: Pamela Anderson, retired Senior Vice President from Wells Fargo Bank

Representative Bette Grande (R)

Running in 2014?: No Announcement Found

SAB Legislative Ranking Breakdowns:

  • Life – 100.00%
  • Liberty – 73.91%
  • Pursuit of Happiness – 63.64%
  • Government Responsibility – 67.74%
  • OVERALL – 71.83%
    • 18th of 94 Representatives
    • 18th of 71 NDGOP Representatives
    • Below 0 ND Dem-NPL Representatives
    • See total comparisons below

ND Chamber of Commerce Legislative Rating: 73%

NDGOP District Convention Candidates?: None identified

ND Dem-NPL Candidates?: Sheila Christensen, past Executive Director for the American Diabetes Association

Overall District 41 SAB Legislative Rankings (averaging all three members percentages):

  • Life – 71.43%
  • Liberty – 65.29%
  • Pursuit of Happiness – 50.65%
  • Government Responsibility – 54.44%
  • OVERALL – 57.94%

District 45 Current Representation and Legislative Ranking: 

Senator Ronald Sorvaag (R)

Running in 2014?: Yes

SAB Legislative Ranking Breakdowns:

  • Life – 85.17%
  • Liberty – 35.71%
  • Pursuit of Happiness – 44.44%
  • Government Responsibility – 39.29%
  • OVERALL – 44.83%
    • 24th of 47 Senators
    • 23rd of 33 NDGOP Senators
    • Below 1 ND Dem-NPL Senators
    • See total comparisons below

ND Chamber of Commerce Legislative Rating: 88%, Chamber Champion

NDGOP District Convention Challenger?: None identified

ND Dem-NPL Candidates?: None identified

Representative Ed Gruchalla (D)

Running in 2014?: Yes

SAB Legislative Ranking Breakdowns:

  • Life – 16.67%
  • Liberty – 21.74%
  • Pursuit of Happiness – 20.00%
  • Government Responsibility – 19.35%
  • OVERALL – 20.00%
    • 89th of 94 Representatives
    • 18th of 23 ND Dem-NPL  Representatives
    • Above 0 NDGOP Representatives
    • See total comparisons below

ND Chamber of Commerce Legislative Rating: 58%

ND Dem-NPL District Convention Challenger?: None identified

NDGOP  Candidates?: None identified

Representative Joe Heilman (R)

Running in 2014?: No

SAB Legislative Ranking Breakdowns:

  • Life – 83.33%
  • Liberty – 68.18%
  • Pursuit of Happiness – 44.44%
  • Government Responsibility – 48.00%
  • OVERALL – 58.06%
    • 52nd of 94 Representatives
    • 52nd of 71 NDGOP Representatives
    • Below 0 ND Dem-NPL Representatives
    • See total comparisons below

ND Chamber of Commerce Legislative Rating: 92%, Chamber Champion

NDGOP District Convention Candidates?: None identified

ND Dem-NPL Candidates?: None identified

Overall District 45 SAB Legislative Rankings (averaging all three members percentages):

  • Life – 61.72%
  • Liberty – 41.88%
  • Pursuit of Happiness – 36.29%
  • Government Responsibility – 35.55%
  • OVERALL – 40.96%

Districts 11, 13, 21, 27, 41, and 45 vs. Overall SayAnythingBlog Legislative Rankings – ND Senate

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Districts 11, 13, 21, 27, 41, and 45 vs. Overall SayAnythingBlog Legislative Rankings – ND House

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Districts 11, 13, 21, 27, 41, and 45 Convention Information

If you live in the above districts, we hope you do choose to get involved in the convention process, no matter which party you choose to get involved with. Information on your party’s district convention at publication time is listed below. Make sure you pay your state, and in some cases district (check with your district chair), dues so you are eligible to participate. NDGOP State Dues are $36.50, and ND Dem-NPL State Dues appear to be $25.00 based on their website.

Event Information

NDGOP Districts 11, 13, 16, 21, 22, 27, 41, 44, 45 and 46 Convention

March 4th at 6:00 p.m.
Carl Ben Eielson School
1601 13th Ave S, Fargo

District Chairs:

11- Bridget Ertelt
701-840-9080
bertelt@gmail.com

13- Darcy & Todd Fuchs
701-282-0619/701-793-0919 (C)
tfuchs@payrollexpressinc.com

16- Dave Clemens
701-282-8734
dave.clemens@cnh.com

21- Lowell Disrud
701-293-1505/701-238-5249 (C)
lowell_disrud@yahoo.com

22- Jake Werner
701-645-2291
jakew55@yahoo.com

27- Paul Owens
701-232-7847/701-238-9848
powens54@hotmail.com

41- Melissa Paulik
701-232-4783
paulik.melissa@gmail.com

44- Chris Langerud
218-329-1908
clangerud@gmail.com

45- John Trandem
701-729-6839/218-284-8888 (C)
jtrandem@gmail.com

46- Todd Stugelmayer
701-541-2079
tstugelmayer@grsnd.com

ND Dem-NPL Districts 11, 13, 16, 21, 22, 27, 41, 44, 45 and 46 Convention

Event Information

Saturday, March 1st @ 12:00pm
Ben Franklin Middle School
1420 8th St N, Fargo

District Chairs:

11- Scott Mathern-Jacobson
(701) 799-2076
scottmathernjacobson@gmail.com

13- Mary Tintes
(701) 238-0714
mctintes@msn.com

16- John Lund
(701) 281-1244 h
(701) 371-7921 c
jlund@pdssleep.com

21- Kyle Locket
kyle.locket@gmail.com

22- Gerald Moderow
(701) 347-4848
superm@casselton.net

27- Brandon Solberg
(701) 793-1173
brandonsolberge@yahoo.com

41- Nancy Hodur
(701) 361-3628
nancy.hodur@ideaone.net

44- Rick Olek
(701) 235-9336 h
(701) 371-3070 c
rbyanks@yahoo.com

45- Michael Paolini
(909) 645-3823
michael.paolini@my.ndsu.edu

46- Scott Stofferahn
(701) 799-0891
sjstofferahn@gmail.com

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com, a columnist for the Forum News Service, and the host of the Rob (Re)Port on Fargo-based WDAY AM970 from noon-2pm weekdays.

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