Tuesday, June 12 is the date of North Dakota’s Republican and Democratic primaries. Primaries allow registered voters to select candidates to run in the general election, held Tuesday, Nov. 6.
North Dakota’s general election will include races for Richland County offices, the state legislature and the U.S. Congress. In many cases, the primaries establish final election candidates.
As a public service, Daily News Media will briefly explain the non-local races on the primary ballot.
Voters will select candidates for a six-year term in the U.S. Senate. In November, incumbent Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., will face either U.S. Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., or Thomas O’Neill, another Republican. Heitkamp was elected to the Senate in 2012. Cramer is the Republicans’ endorsed candidate.
Additionally, voters will select candidates for a two-year term in the U.S. House of Representatives. In November, Democrat Mac Schneider will face one of the following Republicans: Tiffany Abentroth, Kelly Armstrong or Paul Schaffner. Tom Campbell, who dropped out of the race, is still on the primary ballot. Armstrong is the Republicans’ endorsed candidate.
Races for several North Dakota offices, most with four-year terms, will also be decided in the general election.
In the secretary of state race, Democrat Josh Boschee faces Libertarian Roland Riemers. Incumbent Secretary of State Al Jaeger, R-N.D., is expected to run in November as an independent.
Jaeger, first elected in 1992, is also expected to receive Republican support. Endorsed Republican candidate Will Gardner dropped out of the race following news of his 2006 peeping arrest, although his name is still on the primary ballot.
Incumbent Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem, R-N.D., faces Democrat David Clark Thompson. Stenehjem was first elected in 2000. From 2005-2007, Stenehjem and Jaeger each served a two-year term. In 2006, their offices were restored to their present election cycle.
Incumbent Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring, R-N.D., faces Democrat Jim Dotzenrod. Goehring was appointed in 2009, elected in 2010 and re-elected in 2014.
Incumbent Public Service Commissioner Randy Christmann, R-N.D., is running for a six-year term. Elected in 2012, Christmann faces Democrat Jean Brandt.
Incumbent Public Service Commissioner Brian Kroshus, R-N.D., is running for the last two years of an unexpired term. Appointed in 2017, Kroshus faces Democrat Casey Buchmann.
Incumbent Tax Commissioner Ryan Rauschenberger, R-N.D., is running for a four-year term. Appointed in 2013 and elected in 2014, Rauschenberger faces Democrat Kylie Oversen.
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The general election will also decide a membership on the North Dakota Supreme Court and a membership on the Garrison Diversion Conservancy.
Incumbent Lisa Fair McEvers faces Robert V. Bolinske Sr. in the nonpartisan judicial race. Kelly Klosterman is running in an uncontested, nonpartisan race for diversion conservancy director.
Finally, the general election will decide one more local race. Daily News Media is running uncontested to be the official newspaper of Richland County.
What to Know
Voting locations in Wahpeton will be open from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. on Election Day. The city has four voting locations, one for each ward.
Voters in the 1st Ward will vote at Wahpeton Community Center, 304 Fifth St. S.
Voters in the 2nd Ward will vote at the Richland County Law Enforcement Center, 413 Third Ave. N. in Wahpeton.
Voters in the 3rd Ward will vote at Wahpeton City Hall, 1900 Fourth St. N. in Wahpeton.
Voters in the 4th Ward will vote at Wahpeton Faith Church, 1589 11th St. N. in Wahpeton.
North Dakota voters must be U.S. citizens and North Dakota residents, at least 18 years old and have been a resident in their precinct for 30 days preceding the election.
Voters must bring either a North Dakota driver’s license, North Dakota photo ID or tribal ID to the voting location.
With elections approaching, look to Daily News Media for coverage of North Dakota and Minnesota’s campaigns, candidates and items under consideration.